By Isaiah Benjamin, Kaduna
Worried by the attack on Nigeria Air Force (NAF) base in Maiduguri, Borno State by members of Boko Haram,the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air
Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar has declared opened the training of 300 regiment personnel on base defence planing at the Kaduna NAF base.
The CAS said the base defence planning training is in addition to measures already put in place to avoid a repeat of destruction of its air asset.
Air Marshal Abubabar who also commissioned the regiment training complex comprising of hostels for Airmen, Air women, Male and Female Officers, male and female instructors and the William pratt electronic
range, said British Military Assistant Team (BMAT) are expected to carry out the training of the 300 regiment personnel.
He said,the training will build capacity of the officers and ensure that Airforce have a reliable and highly skilled personnels that can protect all NAF bases in Nigeria, add value to security at airports
and to assist in states where there are security challenges.
Earlier while fielding questions from newsmen, the Air Chief disclosed that, the outcome of the second quarter meeting with commanders and Commandants of Air formations was essentially to review progress of the first quarter and see areas that requires improvement in the second quaters.
He said, “we have identified a few gaps which we are working hard to ensure we close those gaps and transform them into something positive for our country.
“The facilities we just commissioned suppose to be for training of base defense force or critical assets protection force. You know you can have air planes, if the base is not properly defended you will still run into problems. We saw that in December 2013 when our base was attacked in Maiduguri and some air asset destroyed. We don’t want that to happen again. So, what we have been doing all the while is to build the capacity of base defense.