The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar has said the Nigerian Air Force is set to deploy more personnel to the Niger Delta as part of the resolve to combat militancy and other forms of internal security challenges in the region.
Abubakar who made the disclosure in Yenagoa while on operational visit to NAF Mobility Command said the planned deployment is aimed at strengthening the existing NAF manpower disposition, especially in Bayelsa State, and to enhance the NAF involvement in OPERATION DELTA SAFE.
A statement by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said , new facilities were recently put in place to cater for accommodation and other welfare needs of the personnel in preparatory to this deployment.
Famuyiwa said new blocks of accommodation for officers and men, office accommodation, airmen mess, and provost squadron were recently commissioned. Two of the airmen’s block of accommodation were named after Corporal Omaka VI and Aircraftman Ofonih EF, both of whom were killed recently in Bosso, Niger State during an Internal Security Operation.
Earlier during the visit, the CAS paid a courtesy call on the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Disckson who stated that “his administration is ready to partner with the NAF and other Security Agencies because the Government of Bayelsa understands the importance of security and the need for the state to be safe for economic prosperity.
Famuyiwa said Governor Dickson also promised, during the project commissioning ceremony, that his government would partner with the NAF to build NAF Primary and Secondary Schools in the State to enable Bayelsans benefit from the quality education provided by NAF Schools with a view to bringing about discipline and reorientation among youths in the State. The schools are to be located on NAF Base Yenagoa.