Saturday, 19 November 2016

Nigeria Air Force War College Inaugurated in Benue

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air War College was yesterday inaugurated in Makurdi, Benue State.

The Minister of Defence, retired Brig. Gen Mansur Dan-Ali, was represented at the event by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin.

Addressing guests and pioneering Course 1/2016 participants of the college at the lecture hall of the Tactical Air Command base in Makurdi, Olonishakin said the dynamic nature of modern warfare occasioned by emerging threats required decisive responses.

He reassured Nigerians that the armed forces would continue to fight Boko Haram, cattle rustling in the North-central, kidnapping in the South-east and militant groups in the Niger Delta.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the need to establish the college was in tandem with his vision to reposition NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for efficient, effective and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s security imperatives.

He added that the NAF would continue to improve on environment and facilities of the college now operating from its temporary site in Makurdi until it is moved to a permanent location in Abuja.

Earlier, the Commandant of the college, AVM J.K Baba, urged the students to set an enviable pace for others to follow.

By Hope Abah

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