efforts of the Nigerian Air Force for making strategic investments
aimed at improving the welfare and professionalism of its personnel in
the state.Governor Dickson gave the commendation at the commissioning ceremony
of 8 of its projects embarked upon by the Air Force at the Mobility
The projects are, 235 Base Service Wing Complex, Medical Centre,
Provost Squadron, Officers’ quarters, Joint Airmen Mess, CAWO/RSM
residential complex, Airmen quarters and Commander’s residence.
Speaking shortly before the commissioning, Governor Dickson expressed
surprise at the level of achievements the command has recorded within
a short period of its establishment.
He called on all tiers of the government, including the National
Assembly to continue to support the nation’s security agencies to
effectively perform their role of securing lives and property.
The Governor expressed his administration’s preparedness to partner
with the Nigerian Air Force in the area of establishing educational
facilities and other critical infrastructure, assured that, the
government would provide additional land for the purpose.
In his remarks, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq
Abubakar said, the projects were embarked up on to impact directly on
the welfare and enhance the professional competence of its personnel.
According to him, the ultimate aim is to build a self-sustaining base
to meet the residential, social and administrative needs of its
personnel, through prudent use of scarce resources.
Air Marshall Abubakar, who expressed determination to collaborate with
other security agencies to combat the security challenges, facing the
country, said plans are on to provide a Cancer Screening Centre in
some states, including Bayelsa.
Also speaking, the Special Guest of honour, Air Vice Marshal Larry
Koinyan (Retd), lauded the current leadership of the Nigeria Air Force
for its resourcefulness at enhancing the welfare and professionalism
of its personnel, in spite of the funding constraints.
While charging the Armed Forces on the need to intensify efforts at
safeguarding the territorial integrity of the nation, AVM Koinyan
tasked them on discipline and loyalty to the government of the day,
irrespective of ethno-religious differences.