8 February 2013

Nigeria: 'NAF Has Only One Serviceable Aircraft for Training'

Kaduna — The Air Officer Commanding Training Command, Air Vice Marshall Isyaku Umar, has lamented that the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna has only one serviceable aircraft for the training of officers and men.

Umar told Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh, who was on his maiden familiarization tour of the NAF base in Kaduna yesterday that "the NAF base has only one serviceable aircraft used in the training of its personnel", saying the training base needs a minimum of three aircraft to be able to conduct its local training as well as VIP missions.

He said since his assumption the command has been able to aid the federal government's efforts in internal security operations with men and helicopter deployment and has as well participated actively in the recent Mali operation in line with NAF's directives.

The command, according to him, has successfully graduated six student pilots (SP) of 38 course and five student instructor pilots recently concluded their training at 303 Options Training School.

Speaking after his tour of various units in the NAF base, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said his visit to the Kaduna Training Command was to familiarize with officers and men of the command with a view to repositioning and moving the Air Force forward.

"I expect myself to give approval for maintenance of facilities that are dilapidated... we are recruiting more and more people in the service now as our services are required at all times and if resources permit, we will build more accommodation for our officers and men. Kaduna base has always done well, although there are small challenges here and there, but the government is doing its best to provide for our needs", he said.

Copyright © 2013 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.