As part of effort to address the educational needs of personnel and its host communities, the Nigerian Air force has commission a new secondary school at its Base in Shasha, Lagos State.
Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Olatokunbo adesanya said “the newly built secondary school with 18 well furnished classrooms, 5 newly equipped laboratories, a well stocked library, and modern recreational facilities as well as other state of the art facilities, were part of NAF’s way of adding value to its host communities”.
Air Commodore Adesanya said that apart from bringing much relief to parents who had to travel a long distance to enroll their children in secondary schools, the new school would also provide employment opportunities for members of the host communities.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Guest of Honor and one time Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abdullahi Bello lauded the current NAF leadership for sustaining the tradition of positive contribution towards the development of children education in NAF bases and environments.
He noted that the importance of education in modeling the citizenry of any nation could not be overemphasized. “Education is the veritable tool for living a responsible life,” he said.
In his remarks, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar stated that the building of the school was necessitated by the quest to meet the educational requirements of the dependants of NAF personnel and member of the host communities. In his words, “education is the foundation of human capital development and therefore, a key factor in technical advancement and innovation.”
Earlier in his address, the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics command, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Yahaya expressed appreciation to the CAS for the choice of Logistics Command as a suitable location for the new school.
The CAS also commissioned 2 blocks of furnished airmen’s transit accommodation to further reduce accommodation shortage in the Base.
It would be recalled that the NAF recently built other secondary schools, including the Air Force Comprehensive Girls School, Abuja, as a way of contributing to the Federal Government’s efforts to resolve the girl child education issues.