The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday inaugurated the maiden edition of the Young Education Officers’ Induction Course (YEOIC 1/2019) at the Air Force Military School (AFMS) in Jos, Plateau State.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said in a statement.
According to the statement, the YEOIC 1/2019 is designed to expose newly commissioned officers of Direct Short Service Course (DSSC 28) to the key aspects of Education Management in order to enable them function effectively and efficiently in line with the ethics of the teaching profession.
The 77 participants of the 3-week YEOIC would also be intimated with the guiding principles that have enabled the NAF Directorate of Education (DOEDN) to sustain the laudable performance recorded in NAF schools over the years.
In his remarks during the inauguration ceremony, the Guest of Honour, Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Idi Amin, noted that the YEOIC could not have come at a better time than now, when the NAF is striving to attain world-class levels of efficiency, professionalism and discipline.
He therefore commended the leadership of the NAF, under Air Marshal Sadique Abubarkar, the Administration Branch as well as the DOEDN for the introduction of the YEOIC, which, he said, would awaken the spirit of excellence among Education Officers in the NAF.
The AOC added that the NAF places high responsibility on the young officers to provide leadership, which could only be effectively achieved by inspiring the trust and confidence of the followers.
Speaking further, the AOC stated that the primary objective of the YEOIC was to equip participants with requisite knowledge to facilitate their work as Education Officers. While acknowledging the huge task ahead of them, AVM Amin advised the officers to ensure they derive maximum benefits from the Course.
Earlier in his welcome address, the NAF Director of Education, Group Captain Samson Adelakun, admonished the young officers to shun negative habits and vices which could truncate their career growth, whilst urging them to work assiduously towards the development of the NAF Education Specialty.
The statement further infirmed that the NAF has, over the last 4 years, renovated and remodelled existing infrastructure, as well as constructed new blocks of classrooms and hostel accommodations in its schools, while establishing 2 entirely new secondary schools, in order to enhance the quality of education services in its units across the country.
The YEOIC, which would come to an end on 6 September 2019, is expected to position the participants to create an environment to replicate such results when they report to their various units at the end of the Course.