Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
The Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has pledged to connect the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Bauchi Base to National Grid as part of his support to the force.
Mohammed made the pledge yesterday at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction and equipping of aircraft maintenance hangar at 231 Helicopter Overhaul Depot Nigeria Air Force Base, Bauchi.
He said that the construction of the hanger would support various operations in the entire North and enhance internal security operations in Bauchi in particular.
According to him, ‘the success and performance of NAF is determined by how well its aircraft is maintained and sheltered, therefore it is indeed a good opportunity to be part of this epoch making event.”
He recalled that the NAF is involved in numerous operations to restore security across the country with commendable results.
“Let me use this platform to celebrate our own brother, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar. Bauchi State is proud to produce and present to the nation this combat flying officer of repute. His tenure is changing the face of the Nigerian Air Force,” he said.
The governor applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to security agencies in the ongoing operations against Boko Haram, banditry and other criminality in the country by equipping them with military equipments.
In a key note address, the Chief of Air Staff said the strategic location of Bauchi State provides the force the opportunity to support and response to the fight against terrorism and insurgency across the country.
The Air Force boss expressed optimism that the, construction of the aircraft maintenance hangar would add value to the effort of the NAF at tackling security challenges.
According to him, the hanger would ensure quick turn-around time for air force aircrafts to have more hours of operations against terrorists.
“I want to use this medium to express gratitude to Mohammed for providing land for the construction of this important project.
“We are further propelled by the support and goodwill of the good people of Bauchi State and all Nigerians to the NAF, to do more for our nation. Our loyalty and service to the nation must always be our motivation.”