A one-time Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Abdullahi Bello has lauded the current leadership of the Nigerian Air (NAF) for sustaining the tradition of positive contribution towards the development of children education in NAF bases and environments
Bello who was the Guest of Honour at the commissioning ceremony of the new secondary school at its NAF Base in Shasha, Lagos State, said that the school is part of efforts to address the educational needs of personnel and its host communities.
He noted that the importance of education in modeling the citizenry of any nation could not be overemphasized, stressing that “Education is the veritable tool for living a responsible life”.
In his remarks, the CAS Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar stated that the building of the school was necessitated by the quest to meet the educational requirements of the dependants of NAF personnel and members of the host communities.
Abubakar said that “education is the foundation for human capital development and therefore, a key factor in technical advancement and innovation”.
The CAS used the opportunity to equally commission 2 blocks of adequately furnished airmen’s transit accommodation on the Base to further reduce accommodation shortage. Meanwhile, it would be recalled that the NAF recently built other secondary schools, including the Air Force Comprehensive Girls School, Abuja, as a way of contributing to the Federal Government’s efforts to resolve the girl child education issue.
Earlier, the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Yahaya expressed appreciation to the CAS for the choice of Logistics Command as a suitable location for the new school.
The newly built secondary school with 18 well -furnished classrooms, 5 fully equipped laboratories, a well- stocked library, modern recreational facilities as well as other state of the art facilities, is part of the NAF’s modest way of adding value to its host communities. Apart from bringing much relief to parents who had to travel a long distance to enroll their children in secondary schools, the new school would also provide employment opportunities for members of the host community.