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War on Terror: NAF to take delivery of 18 new aircrafts

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The Nigerian Air Force ( NAF) says it will soon take delivery of 18 new aircrafts to boost the ongoing fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar disclosed on Tuesday that 19 brand new aircrafts had been acquired, while 20 previously unserviceable aircrafts have been reactivated.

Abubakar, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar at a two-day capacity building workshop on strategic communications in Abuja said the expected aircrafts includes 12 Super Tucano attack aircraft, 3 JF-17 Thunder Multi-role fighter aircraft as well as 2 more Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopters and one Agusta 139W utility helicopter.

The CAS however did not disclose the date of the delivery.

He further said the NAF, in recognition of the fact that the human being is the most important success factor, has in the past four years invested enormously in human capacity development.

According to him, a result, an unprecedented number of officers and airmen/airwomen have been trained in different categories of air and ground operations, both locally and abroad.

The CAS speaking on the workshop said Public Relations play an invaluable role in management functions as well as the overall effectiveness of any organization, especially in the modern times, while noting that contemporary Public Relations practice has evolved from merely informing the public to engaging the public with a view to positively shaping perception of the organisation.

“Indeed Public Relations is now more about creating value to generate awareness than creating awareness to generate value”, he said.

He adeed, ”The Nigerian Air Force, as a professional fighting force, is quite mindful of this new paradigm and has continued to leverage the strategic significance of Public Relations through effective communication and information management in the face of a volatile and dynamic global security environment.

“Indeed, it should be appreciated that the nature of modern warfare has, over time, brought to the fore the need to ensure the effective management of information, especially as it relates to various audiences within the media space.

“This is particularly critical in sub-conventional warfare, especially counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency, where the support of the local populace is vital to successful operations.

“Accordingly, a cardinal objective of strategic communications must be to continually assure the people that military operations are designed to ensure their safety, security and well-being”.

Earlier, in his address , the Director of Public Relation and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, stated that the theme of the the workshop:‘Exploring New Techniques in Participatory and Collaborative Strategic Information Management’, was conceived to empower the Directorate for effective service delivery.

He said information management in this digital age cuts across all sectors of the society and involves various players, including those who have an intellectual and moral understanding of critical national issues as well as those who do not.

“We have seen that the social media space has broadened the field of information management and has broken the barriers of gatekeepers. This, in essence, means that anyone with access to the Internet can set an agenda and create a narrative, backed with the right emotional appeal to become a topical issue and trend. This is so, especially as it concerns insecurity and military operations in the country.

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