The newly appointed Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Oladayo Amao, has taken over the leadership of the service as of 21st Chief of Air Staff.
He assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, would do its best to provide the support and security necessary for the nation’s development, whilst sparing no effort in discharging its constitutional responsibilities to the Government and law-abiding citizens of the country.
AVM Amao said this today, during the taking over ceremony held at Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF), Abuja.
The new CAS who was appointed as the 21st CAS on 26 January 2021, noted that the NAF would sustainably and effectively employ Air Power in the protection of Nigeria’s people and interests, against all enemies of the State.
Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola in a statement noted that AVM Amao said the NAF had recorded tremendous successes in the past few years, especially in enhancing the Service’s operational efficiency and the welfare of its personnel.
“I assure the out-going CAS that we would work hard to maintain his records while hoping to attain greater heights”, the CAS said.
He said his appointment was a challenge and call to national duty, especially at this crucial stage in Nigeria’s development.
He further noted that, though bedeviled by various forms of insecurity in the country, ranging from the Boko Haram insurgency/terrorism in the North East to the criminal activities of pipeline vandals, crude oil thieves, sea robbers and militants in the South, the Nation was also facing increasing threats from kidnappers, cattle rustlers and militarised herdsmen.
He reiterated the NAF’s resolve to bring such threats to an end in order to ensure that the nation is safe and economically attractive.
He said the NAF will continue to do its best possible by leveraging credible partnerships, focusing on enhancing professionalism for high performance as well as motivational initiatives to create an enabling environment for its operations and personnel to thrive.
Earlier, the outgoing CAS said that his vision was to reposition the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force which was clearly defined through capacity-building initiatives to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and timeliness in the employment of Air Power to address the security challenges facing the country.
He expressed satisfaction that he had not only restructured the Service substantially, with the expansion of its structure and recruitment of about 10,000 additional personnel but that the Service had also embarked on massive air operations in different parts of the country; especially in the North East, North Central and the North West.
Air Marshal Abubakar disclosed that in the North East alone, the NAF flew over 37,000 hours of air operations. Speaking on manpower development, he noted that due to the critical personnel requirements for the effective projection of Air Power, about 133 pilots had been trained and winged under his watch.
This, he said, represented “about 49 percent of the total active pilots conducting air operations to defend Nigeria today”.
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