The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commissioned new sets of facilities named after deceased personnel who died in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operation against Boko Haram in parts of the Northeast.
The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, in a statement on Thursdaylisted those honoured in new projects in NAF units at Makurdi and Benin City.
According to him, those honoured with the recent projects are Flight Lieutenant Ebitimi Owei and Flight Sergeant Awodi Emmanuel Adakole who died on 10 October 2015 and 25 August 2015 respectively.
He said the newly provided facilities in Makurdi include a Bulk Fuel Installation (BFI) with 2,000,000 litres capacity, crew/briefing room for F-7Ni pilots, 12 units of three-bedroom flats for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, and sporting facilities for the use of NAF personnel, family members and host community.
“Also, a block of four units of three-bedroom flats was commissioned for officers serving at the 81 Air Maritime Group, Benin,” he stated.
He stressed that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, called on the beneficiaries of the new facilities to reciprocate the gesture by the Federal Government, who made the necessary funds available for the projects, by rededicating themselves to their duties.
Abubakar, he said, reminded the personnel that “the whole essence of government’s commitment to their welfare is to bring out the best in them”.
“He therefore urged them to remain selfless and committed in the pursuit of their assigned statutory duties.”