Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Commissions Housing Units For 551 Staff
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has officially commissioned a 18X2 bedroom accommodation built for the Air Force personnel at the 551 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Station in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Speaking at the ceremony, Abubakar said NAF has in the last three and half years provided accommodation and other welfare services for the wellbeing of all its officers and their wards.
Represented by the Chief of Administration, Nigerian Air Force headquarters Abuja, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, the CAS said he was optimistic that the flats would greatly ameliorate the accommodation deficiency in Nigerian Air Force Station Jos.
In his remarks, the Commander 551 Nigerian Air Force Station Jos, Air Commodore Kabiru Aliyu, said the commissioning of the flats was a dream come true for the benefiting family members adding that the facility will inject a new lease of life to them.
The Nigerian AF was formally established on 18 April 1964 with the passage of the AF Act 1964 by the National Assembly. The Act stated that the ‘Nigerian AF shall be charged with the defence of the Federal Republic by air, and to give effect thereto, the personnel shall be trained in such duties as in the air as well as on the ground. ” The NAF was formed with technical assistance from West Germany. The air force started life as a transport unit with aircrew being trained in Canada, Ethiopia and India. The head of the German Air Force Assistance Group (GAFAG) was Colonel Gerhard Kahtz, and he became the first commander of the NAF. The nucleus of the NAF was thus established with the formation of the Nigerian AF headquarters at the Ministry of Defence.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is one of the largest in Africa, consisting of about 10,000 personnel and aircraft including 12 Chinese Chengdu F-7s, and 11 Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jets, 12 Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, armed helicopters, and military transport aircraft.
Credit: The genius Media