Military to improve air power against insurgency

Martha Obi, Abuja

The Nigeria Air Force, NAF, is improving it strategy in the fight against the insurgency in the North east.

The Chief of Air staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar stated this at a meeting in Abuja on developing effective air power responses to national security challenges in Nigeria.

Air Marshall  Abubakar said ‘’since the advent of this administration, the Air force  has  identified the crucial role of training and retaining, developing capacity and  provision of decent shelter for  personnel as  essential ingredients for success’’.

He added that “the NAF has trained over seven hundred personnel of different specialties in several  parts of the world in the last eighteen months.

Chief of Air staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar pointed out that the air force had contributed tremendously to tackling internal security challenges in the country.

He explained that newly introduced Nigerian Air Force pilots and induction of a Dog unit would enhance the NAF’s capacity .

The guest of honour, Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin, who was also represented by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas maintained that Nigerian Armed Forces was equal to the task of combating insecurity in the country.

General Olonishakin expressed optimism that the operational strategies would improve security performance of the military.

He commended the response to the call of the Air force to the brainstorming session, which he said, would strengthen  and enhance national security.

There was a practical demonstration of the effectiveness of the Dog unit to Air force operations.