The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has said that airmen and officers would not but put their best if their welfare and that of their family members are well catered for.
Abubakar said this in Maiduguri during the commissioning of projects at Nigerian Air Force base, Maiduguri.
He said: “It is a proven fact that an average NAF personnel who is often entrusted with the care of equipment worth millions of dollars would always put in his best when he knows that his welfare and that of his family are well catered for.
“This is quite necessary so as to better position the personnel for effective performance of their duties in defending the nation from the myriads of security challenges that threaten the very essence of our nationhood,” Abubakar said.
He said in line with this, “it is the commitment of this administration to create enabling environment through the provision of necessary infrastructure and other welfare packages for personnel in operational areas to serve as motivation while accomplishing their assigned tasks.”
The CAS, while commissioning one block of 10 flats and two blocks of 6×2 bedroom flats for officers said: “I am fulfilled knowing that we are gradually accomplishing the objective of providing adequate and comfortable accommodation for all NAF personnel and their families.
In the same light, other facilities such as the SNCO’s mess, the all-purpose hangar and the official accommodation for the Commander 105 Composite Group are at various levels of completion.”
He noted that:” The role of the Air Task Force is very crucial to the operations being conducted in the NE, to ensure a secure and prosperous nation. Thus, in line with one of my key drivers which is “Human Capacity Development through Robust and Result Oriented Training for Enhanced Professional Performance”, these projects will go a long way in enhancing professional performance of the personnel who labour tirelessly day and night in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.
“Therefore, this project was initiated in Maiduguri to ensure that both the air and ground crew have a befitting place to rest their heads after work. I am therefore delighted for the opportunity to commission these laudable projects.”
He appealed to beneficiaries of the accommodation to exhibit the spirit of maintenance because huge amount of funds has been committed into them.
He said:” It is expected that we imbibe a high standard of maintenance culture so that future generations could benefit from the project we are commissioning today.”