The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday activated 21 Quick Response Wing (QRW) at Agatu in Benue State, to enhance responce to internal security threats within the Nasarawa-Benue States corridor.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibukunle Daramola made this know in a statement on saturday.
Speaking during the activation ceremony, the CAS noted that the decision to establish the QRW in Agatu, as well as the QRWs established at Nguroje in Taraba State and Doma in Nasarawa State, was taken following thorough analysis of the threat environment in the area.
The CAS therefore thanked the President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the establishment of the unit adding that the establishment of the unit would contribute immensely towards curbing spate of attacks in the area while ensuring that peace is sustained.
Speaking further, stated tat the ultimate aim of the NAF was to have at least 500 Special Forces personnel in the unit along with complements of support personnel from other NAF specialties.
He also mentioned that NAF would eventually construct a Helipad in the Base to enable the deployment of helicopter gunships to support operations in the area, whenever required.
The CAS therefore assured the Chairperson Agatu LGA, the traditional ruler of Agatu and other members of the community that the NAF would continue to do its best to add value to the place.
To this end, he announced that the NAF would conduct a 7-day medical outreach for members of the host community in Agatu, which would cater for their medical and minor surgical needs while major surgical cases would be referred to the NAF Hospital in Makurdi with adequate arrangements made for medical evacuation.
Air Marshal Abubakar pledged that the NAF would eventually set up a well-equipped Medical Centre at the 21 QRW that would provide free medical services to the host community.
He however requested the continued support of the traditional ruler, community leaders and all members of the community to provide much needed intelligence that would facilitate the conduct of operations to counter threats in the area.
He urged them to interact freely with the CO and personnel of 21 QRW who had been tasked to provide necessary support to the host community. While handing over the automated borehole system with 9,000 litres storage capacity and 16 tap heads to the Chairperson Agatu LGA and the traditional ruler of Agatu, the CAS noted that the NAF had provided a generator and would also provide fuel to keep the borehole running.
The CAS had earlier commissioned the second and final phase of the modernization and expansion of the water supply system in NAF Base Makurdi.
The project increased the reservoir capacity from 900,000 litres to 1.35 Million litres with the construction of an additional 450,000 litres sedimentation tank. It also entailed the fabrication and installation of surface and overhead tanks to increase the total capacity to 2.45 Million litres.
The reticulation pipes within the Base were also replaced, boosting the water supply by 100 percent.