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CAS Orders Upgrade Of NAF Music Specialty To Directorate



The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has ordered upgrade of NAF music specialty to directorate under the Administrative branch.

Air Marshal Sadique gave the directive on Tuesday at the graduation ceremony of the NAF Pipe Band course 1/2018 at NAF base Abuja.

He said the training of the 25 member band (22 airmen and 3 air women) is in line with one of his key vision ” Human capacity development through robust and result oriented training for enhanced professional performance”.

He said over the last few years, the NAF has made efforts to consistently improve the capacity of all NAF Specialties in terms of manpower, training and equipment.

The CAS noted that one of these efforts is the establishment and training of the NAF Pipe Band.

“I want to particularly acknowledge the consistency and steadfastness of the Music Air Force Specialty in the provision of robust music services wherever and whenever required.

“It is in recognition of these efforts that a provisional approval has been given for the upgrade of the Specialty to a full-fledged Directorate under the Administrative Branch.

“When fully activated, I expect the Specialty to not limit itself only to the provision of the traditional parade and entertainment music at Service events but to go a step further to provide creative performances that will project the good image of the NAF and bolster more rewarding civil-military relations,” he said

He noted that to achieve the above, efforts are being made to construct a suitable accommodation to house the Pipe Band Unit on the Base.

He added that the construction of the facility is aimed at enhancing the overall development of the Music Air Force Specialty

Air Marshal Sadique explained that the Pipe Band with origins in Scotland has continued to be adopted by armed forces around the world including here in Nigeria due to the beauty and royalty it adds to military parades and ceremonies.

He said the training of the pipe band in partnership with an indigenous company, Messrs Scottish Power Nigeria Ltd was based on NAF’s drive and determination to utilize available local expertise which also translates to cost savings as well as local content development.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Administration Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Kingsley Lar said the course which requires at least six months of training was compressed to three months.

He said the royal band is used to usher in eminent personalities to events or ceremonies.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of certificates and awards to deserving participants