The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) commissioned Headquarters Complex and residential quarters

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), as part of its commitment to
reposition the NAF into a highly professional force for effective
service delivery, today, 25 May 2018, commissioned the
Headquarters Complex and residential quarters for the
Commandant, officers and airmen/airwomen of the NAF Institute
of Safety (NAFIS) in Rigachikun Area of Kaduna. Also
commissioned today were 2 x blocks of students’ hostels, 11
boreholes, a water station integrated with 300,000 litres ground
tank and 100,000 litres overhead tank, auxiliary 6 x 3,000 litres
reservoirs, 1.1 km asphalted road and over 2.2km drainage
system. NAFIS was established to provide safety training and
education to NAF personnel and students of other nationalities and
international aviation organizations. With today’s commissioning,
NAFIS now has a befitting permanent location and is set to
properly focus on the conduct of a more comprehensive and
inclusive safety training for NAF personnel, sister Services, other
security Services, ministries, departments and agencies of the 3
tiers of government as well as non-governmental organizations,
within and outside Nigeria.

While commissioning the new facilities, the Guest of Honour and
former Director General of National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA), retired Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Audu-Bida,
stated that the decision of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air
Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to embark on such a massive project
attests to his infrastructural development drive across the NAF. He
therefore commended the NAF leadership for being able to execute
projects nationwide while still keeping its aircraft flying. He further
stated that the efforts of the CAS in creating a conducive
environment for the conduct of safety courses at NAFIS is in
tandem with the policy directive of the President and Commander-
in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, to
ensure that members of the armed forces are well trained. He
recalled that, in the past, NAF officers were usually sent overseas
to attend safety courses at huge costs to the nation. He therefore
praised the NAF leadership for ensuring the full establishment of
NAFIS, as the nation stood to gain a lot from foreign exchange
savings while still adequately providing safety training.
In his remarks, the CAS stated that the establishment of the NAFIS
has brought security closer to the residents of Rigachikun and its
environs while also creating employment opportunities for the
locals. According to Air Marshal Abubakar, the commissioning was
made possible by the immense support the NAF has been enjoying
from the Federal Government. The CAS therefore, expressed the
profound gratitude of the NAF to President Buhari and reminded
personnel to justify the enormous resources being expended on
the Service. According to him, “In particular, you have a
responsibility to ensure adequate and sustained maintenance of
the various infrastructure in all our barracks. As a Service, we
must strive to meet the expectations of the country at this time of
insecurity by protecting the citizenry and our critical assets as well
as bringing succour to the despaired as we discharge our
constitutional responsibilities to the nation”.
In his welcome address, the Commandant of the Institute, Air
Commodore Edward Adedokun, recalled the myriad of challenges
that had militated against the actualization of the Institutes
objectives noting that there has been a great departure from the
stagnated posture of the Institute since the present leadership of
the NAF came on board almost 3 years ago. The flagship course of
the Institute is the Flight Officers’ Safety Course for pilots and
flight engineers. The Institute also runs Occupational Health and
Safety Course for personnel from various disciplines including
administrators, intelligence operators, police, technicians, finance
specialists, Works personnel and several others.

4 Comments

  1. Good update

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  4. Good update.

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