By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force will take delivery of twenty aircrafts of different makes and specifications before the end of this year, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has hinted.
Amao, said “NAF is expecting eight aircraft in July 2021, comprising 6 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States of America and 2 Wing Loong Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV) from China. The remaining 6 A-29 Super Tucano, he said, would arrive in September while 2 CH-3 and 4 CH-4 UCAV would arrive the country before the end of 2021”.
He said the additional aircraft will “boost air power employment capabilities in support of joint operations and would be a game changer in various theatre of operations”.
The Chief of Air Staff spoke at the Passing Out Parade of 1,031 new recruits at the NAF Base Kaduna.
The new recruits graduated from the Nigerian Air Force Basic Military Training Course 41/2020.
Amao charged them to put national service above all personal interests.
He said the graduation of the new set of recruits “was another testimony of the commitment of the NAF to operate a professional Service properly structured, appropriately manned and adequately trained to provide security to Nigeria and the Nigerian people”.
According to him, “the graduation of yet another batch of recruits is in consonance with NAF’s overall strategy of mitigating the challenges of insecurity in the country”.
He noted that “the six months rigorous training the graduands went through was designed to deliberately expose them to near real-life scenarios which they may encounter in the course of their career”.
The CAS also urged them “to ensure they operate within the ambits of the law and rules of engagement as enumerated in the code of conduct for military personnel engaged in internal security operations as they would be involved in several operations across the country”.
He charged the recruits to respect and protect the innocent and law-abiding civilians whom they are paid to defend, “treat them with respect and protect their rights. It is by so doing that you will be discharging your professional and constitutional duties”.
Air Marshal Amao further enjoined them to submit themselves to civil authority in accordance with democratic tenets and should not allow themselves to be used by any subversive element in the society to compromise national security.