The Nigerian Airforce on Wednesday said it has flown a total of 151, 000 hours delivering treatment kits, Personnel Protective Equipment and other urgent equipment for the Presidential Task Force and other Concerns, meant for the fighting the Corona Virus epidemic since its outbreak in the country.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who made the disclosure on the occasion of the 56th anniversary of the Nigerian Airforce, stated the Nigerian Airforce has also entered into a partnership with the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for research into developing and producing more needed equipment for the containment of the COVID 19 pandemic.
He pointed out that on its part, the NAF’s research and development directorate was forging ahead with production of very important personnel protective equipment including, face masks, apparels and other medical needs to help check the spread of the pandemic.
On his message to officers and airmen/airwomen of the NAF as the organization marks 56 years, the CAS said, “I wish to use this opportunity to salute the courage, commitment and sense of patriotism of our men in this difficult times especially in the fight against insurgency and all the operational theatres and security threats in different parts of the country.
On the part of government, I want to thank the federal government for giving the Nigerian Airforce the abilities and capabilities to perform ‘airpower’ functions in the real sense of the word.
“We thank God and the federal government for giving us a service and flying platforms that can bomb and carry out precision strikes.
“In the past, our aircraft when we go on missions, we carry out manual rolling of bombs and other munitions on air.
“But with modern attack aircraft, we have since evolved and are at par with our counterparts anywhere in the world.
As part of the activities marking the 56 years anniversary, Fighter aircraft including the Alpha Jets and the Augusta 109 Attack helicopters performed several fly past displays at the Federal capital territory particularly at the City Gate entrance to the nation’s capital and overhead the NAF headquarters in Abuja.
The Nigerian Airforce Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA) also used the occasion to distribute palliatives which including foodstuff and other important requirements to families at the NAF base, along airport road, Abuja.
Also, as part of efforts to alleviate the hardships being experienced by Nigerians, especially women and children, as a result of the lockdown imposed to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) on Wednesday, 22 April 2020, distributed palliatives to members of the NAF’s host communities in Bassa, Sauka and Wulumo in the Abuja Municipal Area Council.
The palliatives, which were distributed to 550 families, included bags of rice, vegetable oil, beans, semovita, noodles and condiments, among others.
The donation, which was done in furtherance of NAFOWA’s motto of “Service to Humanity”, is coming barely 48 hours after the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) distributed food items and other palliatives to members of its host communities of Ushafa, Nuwalege and Zamani in Abuja to mark its 56th Anniversary.
Speaking during the flag-off of the well-organized, COVID-19 compliant ceremony, the NAFOWA National President, Hajiya Hafsat Abubarkar, who was represented by the Vice President of the Association, Mrs Elizabeth Amao, stated that the charitable initiative by the Association was to reach out to the less privileged in the society in order to cushion the economic effect of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
She advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to all precautionary measures aimed at eradicating the deadly scourge.
Expressing his appreciation to the NAFOWA for the kind gesture, the Chief of Bassa Community, Gimbia Daudu, noted that following the lockdown order, the people of his community found it extremely difficult to feed.
The palliatives, he said, would go a long way in assuaging the plight of his people.
Meanwhile, the beneficiaries, who could not hide their joy, also showered encomiums on the NAFOWA President and her team for the palliatives, which according to them, would further cushion the effect of the stay-at-home order.
NAFOWA is a Non-Governmental Organisation that is complementing the welfare programmes of the NAF.
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