Godsgift Onyedinefu and Nosa Enobhayisobo
The Chief of the Air (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Friday commissioned newly remodeled aircraft shelters at the Headquarters (HQ) of the Air Task Force (ATF), Operation Lafiya Dole at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base, Maiduguri, Borno State.
This is in support of the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts against Boko Haram and other related groups in parts of the North East Nigeria.
The NAF Director of Information and Public Relations (DOPRI), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this in a statement said the new aircraft shelters were refitted with high-grade, durable canvas to enable them withstand the extreme weather conditions prevalent in Maiduguri.
According to the statement, the CAS, who was represented by the Chief of Aircraft Engineering (CAcE), Air Vice Marshal Musa Muktar, expressed delight for the timely completion of the reconstruction work stating that NAF aircraft and equipment would now be better sheltered from extreme weather thereby saving them from damage.
Abubakar also noted that the role played by the ATF, through its operations in the ongoing war against insurgency in the Northeast of the Country, was very crucial.
He stressed, therefore, that the Service had no option but to strive harder to provide the needed support to enable the ATF effectively carry out its assigned tasks.
Earlier, the Commander ATF, Air Vice Marshal James Gwani, reassured the CAS of the unalloyed commitment of personnel of the Task Force to the fight against terrorism.
He also thanked the CAS for the continuous provision of needed equipment and facilities that have enhanced their performance and boosted personnel welfare.