NAF operationalises new units in Katsina state (photos)
- The Muhammadu Buhari administration is working on strengthening the defence potential of Nigeria
- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) which has since keyed into this project recently established new units in Katsina state
- The new units were commissioned by the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Wednesday, July 26, commissioned the 213 Forward Operating Base (FOB) and the Quick Response Wing (QRW) in Katsina state, thus formally marking the beginning of operations in the 2 units.
A statement by the NAF's director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya stated that the idea behind the establishment of the new units is to extend the reach of the NAF to the North-west geopolitical zone, having already made appreciable contributions in different theatres of operations across the country.
The 213 FOB is thus structured to shorten NAF’s response time while extending its reach in supporting air operations to deal with threats to Nigerians.
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While commissioning the new units, Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, lauded the decision of the federal government in establishing the NAF units in Katsina. He stated that NAF’s presence in Katsina was long overdue considering its strategic importance, being a border state.
He expressed his belief that the presence of the NAF in Katsina would go a long way in complementing the efforts of the Nigerian Army troops in boosting security in the state. He therefore requested members of the NAF’s host communities to give maximum support to the NAF.
Governor Masari was also full of praises for the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who he acknowledged had done so much to reposition the NAF as one of the best air forces in Africa.
He particularly commended the standard of buildings on the NAF bases, saying that they indicated a leader that cares for the welfare of his personnel, adding, “the other arms of the Armed Forces should emulate the NAF”.
In his remarks at the occasion, the CAS stated that the 213 FOB would accommodate some platforms and specialized equipment whenever the need arises.
He added that the regiment wings in Katsina and Daura, with their specially trained personnel, would provide the necessary protection for NAF personnel and equipment, in addition to responding in aid to civil authority, when called upon to do so.
He then charged the NAF personnel to conduct themselves professionally and treat all citizens with respect and dignity.
The event happened on the same day the NAF deployed one of its armed helicopters to Takum in Taraba state to give support to the ground forces in the effort to maintain peace in the area.
Legit.ng gathered that the deployment of the helicopter was also to deter warring communities within the area from further engaging in violent activities.
The helicopter is already carrying out armed reconnaissance missions within the Mambilla Plateau and environs.
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