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NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by GreatResearcher: 12:11am On Sep 11
GOVERNOR LALONG LAUDS COMMITMENT OF THE CAS TO NATIONAL SECURITY, URGES NIGERIANS TO EMBRACE PEACE AS NAF COMMISSIONS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN KERANG

The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Right Honourable Simon Bako Lalong, has commended the visionary leadership of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as well as his outstanding diligence in the discharge of duties, which he said would surely transform the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to become the best Air Force in Africa. “We are witnesses to the great attention the CAS has paid to the welfare and training of personnel of the NAF throughout the country. He has also ensured the acquisition of air platforms and other equipment necessary for the operations of the Force”, he said. The Governor gave this commendation today, 9 September 2020, while commissioning some infrastructure projects for NAF personnel at the 205 Combat Search and Rescue Group (205 CSARG) and the newly established Air Provost Training Centre (APTC), at NAF Base Kerang, Mangu Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State. The commissioned projects include 2 blocks of 10 x single bedroom furnished residential accommodation for airmen instructors and students of the APTC as well as an Officers’ Mess for officers of the 2 Units.

The Governor, who was also in Kerang in 2017 during the ground breaking ceremony/commissioning of the 205 CSARG Headquarters Building, noted that the establishment of the Special Operations Command (SOC) and subsequent siting of the Group in Kerang were glowing evidences of the resolve, commitment and determination of the Federal Government to ensure that law abiding citizens are secured and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians guaranteed. He noted that the remarkable transformation that had taken place were also hallmarks of the CAS’ dynamic leadership. While highlighting that his Administration, with the cooperation of the Plateau citizens and support of the Federal Government and security agencies, had ensured the return of peace, he noted that there was need for vigilance against merchants of crises who are always scheming to take the State to the dark days. He therefore called on the good people of Plateau State and especially the Kerang Community, who generously acceded to the approval of this expanse of land for the Unit, to continue to maintain peaceful and harmonious coexistence in the interest of national security.

Governor Lalong further observed that prior to the establishment of 205 CSARG, the Plateau State Government already had a cordial working relationship with the NAF which, he said, played significant role in tackling insecurity, promoting education and delivering quality healthcare services to Plateau citizens. He added that the establishment of the Group had widened the NAF’s participation in the consolidation of peace and security of the State, particularly in the rural areas. He stated further that, as Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, he was aware of the deployments of NAF air assets and personnel not only to Plateau State and other parts of the North, but to other parts of the Country where such challenges exist. “On behalf of my colleagues, I register our appreciation to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, and the CAS for responding to our pleas promptly”, he added. While urging personnel of the Service to continue to foster the high standards of good civil-military relations with host communities for which the NAF is known, the Governor reassured the CAS of his Administration’s commitment towards supporting the Service at all times.

In his remarks at the occasion, Air Marshal Abubakar, while lauding Governor Lalong’s continued demonstration of strong commitment to the security of the people of Plateau State, noted that the reason for establishing the 205 CSARG was primarily to further bring security closer to the people of the State. He noted that this was in keeping with his Vision upon assumption of office in 2015 which was “To reposition the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for effective, efficient and timely employment of airpower in response to Nigeria's national security imperatives''. He further disclosed that, after assessing the structure of the Service, at the time it was observed that it was inadequate to properly actualize the Vision. The CAS noted that deliberate steps were therefore taken to expand the organizational structure of the Service with the creation of 2 new Field Commands, the Special Operations Command (SOC) headquartered in Bauchi and the Ground Training Command (GTC) in Enugu, as well as several specialized Units, including those at Owerri in Imo State; Gusau in Zamfara State; Lafia in Nasarawa State; Agatu in Benue State, Gembu in Taraba State and Bauchi in Bauchi State. Others, he said, included the NAF Detachment in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State; a Forward Operating Base in Damaturu, Yobe State; Quick Response Wing in Lafia, Nasarawa State as well as the newly established 203 Combat Reconnaissance Group in Gombe, Gombe State and the 205 CSARG Kerang. The CAS noted that the upgraded structure has positioned the Service to more effectively ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians, working in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies.

Speaking further, the CAS stated that the NAF’s ability to realize the Vision had also been boosted by the immense support of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, which had enabled the Service to procure 22 brand new aircraft in the past 5 years, which were already deployed for operations in different parts of the Country. He equally disclosed that the NAF was also expecting 17 additional aircraft to be delivered before the end of Year 2021. The CAS noted that in order to effectively man these aircraft the Service had winged 114 new pilots since 2015, while another 103 student pilots were undergoing various levels of training to become qualified NAF pilots. He further noted that the Service had trained over 2,000 new engineers and technicians with another 500 expected to graduate from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) by next week. The CAS also noted that the Service had trained over 4,000 Regiment and Special Forces personnel to ensure the protection of its bases and air assets. Air Marshal Abubakar emphasized that the overall objective was to ensure that the Service builds robust capacity to ensure a secured, united and prosperous Nigeria.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) SOC, Air Vice Marshal Charles Ohwo, noted that since the establishment of 205 CSARG in 2017, the NAF had continued to build capacity to ensure that the NAF has capability for effective, efficient and timely CSAR missions. He disclosed that after the first few personnel were trained abroad, the training of subsequent sets of CSAR were conducted locally at Kaduna and Ipetu-Ijesha, due to high cost of foreign training. These personnel, who he said, were capable of tracking, searching, locating and rescuing occupants of downed combat aircraft or personnel in distress, were currently deployed to various Theatres of Operation across the Country. The AOC added that for the Unit to effectively undertake its roles of medical and casualty evacuation, it needs to be strengthened and equipped with platforms, equipment and highly-trained professionals. According to him, the CAS, being mindful of this, had authorized the execution of several projects, which he said, were at various stages of completion. These, he said, included a standard 22-bed Medical Centre, which would not only cater for NAF personnel but also members of the host community and others who may be referred to the facility.

Also present at the event were the Plateau State Deputy Governor, Professor Sonny Theoden, and other top Government functionaries of the State, Traditional Rulers form Mangu LGA as well as the Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Branch Chiefs from the NAF Headquarters, AOC Ground Training Command and other senior military officers.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations & Information
Nigerian Air Force
9 September 2020

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by GreatResearcher: 12:12am On Sep 11
NAF or Nothing

Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by GreatResearcher: 12:12am On Sep 11

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by GreatResearcher1: 12:16am On Sep 11

Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Racoon(m): 12:37am On Sep 11
CAS Abubakar is just exceptional that one may be tempted to think is the NAF the only part of the Nigerian armed forces? A round of applause for the air force under this man.

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by GreatResearcher1: 12:44am On Sep 11
Racoon:
CAS Abubakar is just exceptional that one may be tempted to think is the NAF the only part of the Nigerian armed forces? A round of applause for the air force under this man.
Thanks

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by saphiere(f): 1:38am On Sep 11
Great one from Air Force.

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Mowsid(m): 10:54am On Sep 11
deepwater:
For the past half a century
These guys keep enriching the north with military units and packages.
Shame on you southerners
Even with the military units and packages, have they won the war against terrorism and insurgency?

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by updatechange(m): 10:55am On Sep 11
Nice peice... Blike another bbn house grin





BTW why is this sss guy struggling to pass behind the Army. The guy blike: oga abeg no vex I won pass

Who no go fear soldier grin



Modified.

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Lifedonor: 10:55am On Sep 11
Hhhg
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by mytime24(f): 10:55am On Sep 11
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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by deepwater(f): 10:55am On Sep 11
For the past half a century
These guys keep enriching the north with military units and packages.
Shame on you southerners

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Lamasta(m): 10:56am On Sep 11
Nigerian Air Force is my favorite among all the Nigerian Military don't bother to ask me why I just love them

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Faller: 10:56am On Sep 11
Words of wisdom.
Don't let the judicial ejaculation become an avenue for matrimonial frivolities.
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Oxtonguy: 10:57am On Sep 11
Ok
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Kingpele(m): 10:57am On Sep 11
Oops we are in short of men like this CAS, silent achiever not all this looters in the other side of the divide
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by jericco1(m): 10:57am On Sep 11
If only they can maintain it

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by ILYMA: 10:58am On Sep 11
When last did I hear about this state? I swear sometimes I dey forget say some state still dey exist for naija grin

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Etumudonsmart: 10:58am On Sep 11
Everything North, God will punish every southerner that voted for Buhari.
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Lakeshizu(m): 10:59am On Sep 11
This man is relentless

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by thundafire: 10:59am On Sep 11
This is wat the Know, everything concentrated on the North. Nigeria government especially the Army have failed.
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Lakeshizu(m): 10:59am On Sep 11
Fem
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by oluxy(m): 11:02am On Sep 11
CAS is truly outstanding.
He has done excellently transforming naf bases all over Nigeria.
The hotels are international stand with facilities that ain't fake.
I have seen lot of this myself right from his inception as chief of Air Staff.

To be honest, he's working.

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by PastorFire: 11:04am On Sep 11
Nice one
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by Emyzoloye5(m): 11:05am On Sep 11
why is it that almost all the military training institutions , most military bases are concentrated in the north

Nigeria have failed Southerners

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by lexy2014: 11:05am On Sep 11
Sadique Abubakar is such an amazing fellow. His agenda for his arm of d military excites me. Seeing how he transmits his progressive mindset to d whole air Force is such a joy to behold

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Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by vickydevoka(m): 11:07am On Sep 11
Lamasta:
Nigerian Air Force is my favorite among all the Nigerian Military don't bother to ask me why I just love them
Naval officers is my best buh Dem like corruption die
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by TheSERAPH: 11:08am On Sep 11
Go Airforce, beat Navy
Re: NAF Commissions Infrastructure Projects In Kerang, Plateau State (Photos) by wink2015: 11:11am On Sep 11
THE MILITARY IS CONSUMING THE BULK OF OUR MONEY IN NIGERIA.

Future Nigerians leaders must channel the money to Agriculture and other productive sectors that will create jobs for the youth.

Insecurity is regionally generated because of religion, unchecked birth, corruption and some other factors.

Seaports in the SOUTH OF NIGERIA is not working because somebody in Abuja is ignoring to develop it because it is not a northern seaport.

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