The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has disclosed the plan of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to supply oxygen to government hospitals in Adamawa State.
Abubakar in statement by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Cdre Olatokunbo Adesanya, made the disclosure while commissioning the new Liquid Oxygen (LOX) plant at the NAF Base in Yola Monday, July 10, 2017.
He said the idea of building the LOX plant was mooted in 2016 by Air Marshal Abubakar to solve the perennial difficulty being experienced in supplying LOX for use by NAF fighter pilots, who require it especially for high altitude operations.
According to him, “the he plant in Yola has the capacity to produce liquid and gaseous oxygen, in addition to nitrogen, another gas needed for the maintenance of aircraft”.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the CAS stated that the LOX plant had the capacity to produce 1,000 litres of oxygen every 8 hours, which is in excess of the NAF’s requirements for its air operations and for use in its medical centres across the nation.
Accordingly, the CAS has directed appropriate officials to work out the modality for the supply of the excess oxygen to government hospitals in Adamawa State, including the Federal Medical Centre Yola. Air Marshal Abubakar seized the opportunity to appreciate the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, without which the project would not have become a reality.
Speaking, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Sen. Umaru Jibrilla Bindo, expressed joy at the siting of the project in the State.
He commended the Air Force Chief, who according to him had added a lot of value to the Adamawa society.
Bindo further stated that he was in awe of the legacy being left by the CAS through the numerous projects being commissioned to enhance the operational capability of the NAF.
Also, the Lamido of Adamawa, his royal highness, Dr Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musadafa as well as heads of military and paramilitary/security agencies in Adamawa State, also witnessed the ceremony.
The LOX plant has already commenced production.