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Borno Governor commends NAF on fight against insurgency

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The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, has commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for its fight against insurgency in the North East and restoring normalcy to the state.

According to a statement on Monday by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information , the Governor lauded the force during a Luncheon organized by the NAF to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr with personnel of the ATF in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

According to the statement, Zulum stated that the tremendous efforts of the NAF in general, and the ATF in particular, in the fight against insurgency had degraded the abilities of the insurgents and gradually facilitated a return to normalcy for the people of the State.

He noted that the NAF’s contributions were not limited to kinetic operations, as the Service had also been active in providing humanitarian services such as the healthcare facilities it had established at the Bama and Dalori IDP Camps since 2015 as well as the school feeding programmes that had been running in the Camps since 2016.

He noted that these, along with various medical outreaches undertaken over the years, had helped to assuage the suffering of affected communities, while contributing to the enhancement of the overall wellbeing of the people.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, stressed that the NAF, working in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, would continue to evolve new methods and emplace new strategies aimed at eliminating all forms of criminal elements in the Country.

He disclosed that the NAF, despite the challenges of competing demands for resources and the COVID-19 induced lockdown, had, through pragmatic logistics planning and foresight, maintained the tempo of its operations, not only in the North East, but also in other parts of the Country.

Abubakar reiterated that the NAF would sustain the current tempo of operations and also advance forward based on the Key Drivers of his Vision for the Service.

“We have kept the pace in training of both air and ground crews, developed the Regiment speciality to defend our Bases and increased the force structure of the Service, whilst building more accommodation and office infrastructure to cope with the growth.

“Our units are flying the NAF flag across the Country. The latest of these is in Lafia, where the 22 Quick Response Wing was recently activated with the injection of additional Special Forces (SF) personnel”, Abubakar was quoted saying.

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The CAS equally disclosed that Force Protection elements would soon be deployed to the location so that operations could commence to improve the ATF’s ability to respond to threats in the Yobe State general area.

The CAS remarked that, whilst sustaining the fight against the seen enemy, personnel must also maintain vigilance and ensure strict adherence to the guidelines and protocols to overcome COVID-19, which he referred to as “the invisible enemy of Humanity”.

He said the NAF had accordingly distributed reusable face masks to all personnel and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and ventilators to the NAF Hospital in Maiduguri. In this regard, the CAS also disclosed that NAF Engineers, in collaboration with the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, had equally developed locally-produced emergency ventilators that had been tested and made ready for use, which, he said, would be unveiled during the week.

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