Lagos seeks stronger collaboration with Air Force

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has advocated for stronger ties between the State and the Nigerian Air Force in mounting aerial surveillance in and around Lagos in order to nip criminal activities in the riverine areas.
Governor Ambode said the call became imperative considering the recent approval for purchase of surveillance helicopters by President
Muhammadu Buhari to the Air Force.
While receiving the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar at
the Lagos House Ikeja; the governor said Lagos, being the logistics
headquarter of the Air Force, should benefit tremendously from the
helicopters, noting that such would go a long way in complementing the
security architecture in the State on the land, water and in the air.
The Governor acknowledged the fact that there has been a very cordial
relationship in the past years between the State Government and the
Nigerian Air Force, and expressed readiness not only to enhance the
relationship, but also improve on it.
“We have tried as much as possible to put security on the front burner of our tripod in running Lagos. We believe strongly that security and development are twins. There is no way we can develop if there is no security and that is why we are laying more emphasis on protecting the lives and property in Lagos on the road, on our waterways and also in the air.
“I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent approval given to the Nigeria Air Force to procure more helicopters and going by the fact that Lagos is the logistics base of the Air Force, we know we will benefit from that as well, we need you to collaborate with us in the area of air surveillance against those vandals on our waterways and also to assist us in complementing our efforts. The surest way to go for Lagos is for us to secure the people and let them live their lives more comfortably and we believe that your visitation here is an
attestation to that new collaboration,”
Governor Ambode said.

Infrastructure
He pledged to assist the Nigerian Air Force in providing key
infrastructures to the operational base of the Force in Shasha and the
Mother and Child Hospital in Badagry as well as in other areas.
“The State Government will continue to support security agencies with equipment such as vehicles and patrol motorcycles,”  the governor stated.
He, however, expressed satisfaction with the personnel of Air Force
posted to Lagos, saying they have been very peaceful and law abiding.
Air Chief’s remark
Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar said he was in Lagos House to thank Governor Ambode for the support and warm hospitality which the Force had enjoyed from his administration so far, and to seek
further efforts to improve on it.

He said Lagos, as the logistics base of the Force, is very strategic
to the operation of the Air Force especially in supplying equipment to
further the war against insurgency and other criminal activities
within the country.
Besides, Abubakar pledged the readiness of the Air Force to continue
to support the present administration especially in deploring both air
and ground assets to collaborate with other security agencies to
ensure security of lives and property in Lagos.

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