Air Force to supply oxygen in government hospitals

Martha Obi, Abuja

The Chief of the Air Staff,CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar says the Nigerian Air Force plans to supply oxygen to government hospitals in Adamawa State.

Air Marshal Abubakar made the submission while commissioning the new Liquid Oxygen, LOX plant at the NAF Base in Yola, the State capital.

He said “the idea of building the LOX plant was mooted in 2016 by me to solve the perennial difficulty being experienced in supplying LOX for use byAirForce fighter pilots, who require it especially for high altitude operations”.

The plant in Yola has the capacity to produce liquid and gaseous oxygen, in addition to nitrogen, another gas needed for the maintenance of aircraft.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the CAS stated that “the LOX plant had the capacity to produce 1,000 litres of oxygen every 8 hours, which is in excess of the NAF’s requirements for its air operations and for use in its medical centres across the nation.”

Accordingly, the CAS has directed appropriate officials to work out the modality for the supply of the excess oxygen to government hospitals in Adamawa State, including the Federal Medical Centre Yola.

Appreciation

Air Marshal Abubakar seized the opportunity to commend the President Muhammadu Buhari led -government, without which the project would not have become a reality.

The Guest of Honour at the occasion, the Governor of Adamawa State, Umaru Jibrilla Bindo, expressed joy at the siting of the project in the State.

He was also full of praises for Air Marshal Abubakar, who according to him has added a lot of value to the Adamawa society.

Senator Bindo stated that he was in awe of the legacy being left by the CAS through the numerous projects being commissioned to enhance the operational capability of the NAF.

 

Sammie Idika