The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has urged troops of “Operation Gama Aiki’’ and personnel of 013 Quick Response Force, Minna, to sustain the tempo of operations against criminals and other elements disturbing the country’s peace.
According to him, the security threats facing Nigeria, and the challenges they presented to the attainment of national development goals require the positioning of a robust security architecture.
He stressed that the architecture must be capable of rapid employment of airpower in the full spectrum of warfare, he stressed.
Speaking at the Christmas celebration of the Air Component of OPGA, in Minna, Amao noted that the celebration provided an opportunity for the service to remember the sacrifices of fallen heroes who paid the supreme price in the service to the country.
“NAF, operating in concert with sister services and other security agencies, has continued to courageously confront various security threats while recording tangible results in the various theatres of operations.
“I must state that I am proud of all our officers, airmen, and airwomen participating in internal security operations in different parts of the country,’’ Amao was quoted as saying in a statement by the NAF Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.
The Air force boss who was represented at the event by NAF Director of Operations, Air Commodore Sunday Aneke, also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support to the Armed Forces of Nigeria especially, the NAF.
“It is gratifying to note that operational manpower development in NAF recently received a boost with the winging of 26 new pilots and 31 operators since my assumption of duty.
“I am happy to note that we currently have a total of 195 officers, airmen, and airwomen undergoing various training courses abroad cutting across several specialties and trades.
“Twelve student pilots are undergoing Basic Fighter Training at 403 Flying Training School, Kano, while 12 others are undergoing Basic Transport Training at 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna,’’ Amao stated.
These courses, he explained, were aimed at maintaining combat readiness by increasing the number of pilots to man the ever-increasing inventory of aircraft.
In his remarks, the Commander, 103 QRF, Group Capt. Elisha Bindul assured Nigerians that the Force is dedicated to sustaining the fight against criminality in Niger State, and in the Northwest in general.