Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said “the revelation came to the fore during the recent tour of operational facilities embarked upon by the CAS to the NAF unit in Kainji” he added that while on the visit, Air Marshal Abubakar was briefed by the NAF technicians who had just successfully repaired 6 Alpha Jet aircraft engines.
Air Commodore Adesanya also said that the NAF team that repaired the aircraft engines comprised one officer and two Airmen, all of who, in December 2016, attended a 12-day Alpha Jet Aircraft Engine Assembly and Disassembly Course in Canada, as part of the NAF’s capacity building efforts as it is noteworthy that foreign vendors had earlier quoted the sum of $400,000 to recover each of the engines, amounting to $2.4 million to repair the 6 engines.
He said added “the NAF team was able to repair the engines by using spare parts available in the warehouse. As a result, the country was saved the sum of over $2.4 million that would have otherwise been used to recover the engines.
This is besides the usually huge cost of freighting the engines to and from overseas repair facilities and the associated delay.”
The Air Commodore further said that the engines have already been installed on 3 Alpha Jet aircraft and deployed for air operations in the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the northeastern part of the country
According to Air Marshal Abubakar, “the capacity building efforts of the NAF had been made largely successful due to the unflinching support the NAF was receiving from the Federal Government, especially through timely releases of needed funds’’.