By Air Cdre Olatokunbo Adesanya
In a bid to intensify its capacity building efforts, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) recently completed the training of 55 of its personnel in various fields at the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Abuja. The training, which took place at the 7 centres in NASENI, was aimed at further raising the level of technical manpower in the NAF through collaboration with relevant local institutions.
The NAF personnel were trained in the following specialties: Lathe Milling Operations and General Maintenance, Laser Cutting, Oxyacetylene Welding, Networking Tools and Techniques, Repairs of Electronics Circuits, Electronics Testing and Diagnostics as well as Cabling and Looming Techniques. The intensive training in the various specialties lasted for various durations, ranging from 14 to 30 days.
The training has given the NAF personnel the capacity to reproduce some spares locally and also carry out more in-depth repairs of electronics items that were hitherto shipped overseas. Accordingly, the partnership with NASENI is expected to enhance the effectiveness of aircraft maintenance in the NAF as well as boost the Research and Development efforts of the Service. Ordinarily, the training would have gulped huge resources in foreign currency, if conducted overseas. However, by collaborating with NASENI, the NAF completed the training of the 55 personnel with less than N6million. The training of the NAF personnel is in tandem with one of the key drivers of the vision of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, which is “Strategic partnerships with MDAs for enhanced Research and Development”.
The training was completed last week and the trained personnel have been deployed as appropriate.
Air Cdre Adesanya is the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI) of Nigerian Air Force (NAF).