The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced the construction of an apron, hangar and aircraft shelters at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport Katsina, which would serve as the headquarters of the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI.
This is following the recent massive deployment of air assets and ground support equipment to reinforce internal security operations against armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other criminal elements in the North West and North Central parts of the country.
The director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola in a statement said the aircraft shelters would ensure that aircraft deployed for operations in the North West Theatre, with their delicate onboard avionics and electrical instruments are not unduly exposed to the harsh effects of weather.
He added that the hangar would provide a more conducive environment for maintenance activities, thereby reducing the need to fly aircraft outside of the operational area for the conduct of repair works.
Speaking after inspecting the project site yesterday, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar stated that the facilities being emplaced would no doubt enhance the NAF’s operations in dealing with armed bandits and other criminal elements in Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and surrounding States.