The Nigerian Air Force on Friday graduated 28 officers from the Young Officers’ Course (YOC) at the Military Training Centre (MTC) Kaduna.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola made this known in a statement.
Daramola said the graduation is part of efforts of the NAF to increase capacity of its personnel in all aspects of its operations for more effective and efficient engagement of internal security challenges facing the Nation.
According to the statement the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, speaking during the graduation ceremony, urged the graduands to be prepared to apply themselves in battling the various security challenges confronting the country, having been equipped, both in character and skills, for the tasks ahead.
The statement quoted the Air Chkef who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Air Training Command (ATC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Muhammad Suleiman, as saying “The NAF does not compromise standards and our collective commitment to excellence is paramount, if the Service is to effectively discharge its constitutional role”.
The CAS stated that the NAF would continue to accord priority to equipping its units and personnel whilst ensuring their welfare was adequately catered for.
He therefore charged the graduands to be innovative and come up with more proactive ways of carrying out their duties diligently and professionally.
He equally urged them to uphold the high standards of discipline and loyalty the NAF was known for while ensuring they do not compromise national security or act in any manner capable of denting the good image of the Service.
The Commandant MTC, Air Commodore Jubrin Usman, said that the course was designed to improve the knowledge of young officers with a view to enhancing their productivity.
He stated that during the 12 weeks course, the students were exposed to lectures tailored towards developing their staff, analytical and communication skills as well as principles and practical field demonstrations on asymmetric warfare.
The course further emphasized on the need to conduct military operations in strict compliance with the rule of law in order to foster the much needed Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC), which is essential in dealing with an enlightened citizenry under a democratic dispensation.
The Commandant thanked the CAS for his keen interest and support for the training activities at the MTC.
Awards were presented to graduands who had distinguished themselves during the Course, particularly those who emerged First, Second and Third in Order of Merit. The Award Winners were; Flying Officers Oriade Onireti, Ubah Ikoko and Christopher Obasi. The AOC Ground Training Command, AVM Idi Amin; Commandant Air Force Institute of Technology, AVM Cletus Udeagulu, and Commanders of co-located NAF Units were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.