Sadiq Abubakar

Chief of Air Staff calls for professionalism in military

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has advocated for professionalism in the military.

Speaking at the commissioning of some projects of the Armed Forces at Ipetumodu in Osun State, he said combating insurgency and other related security threats in the country required discipline and professionalism.

He said: “So to have professional air force and with professionalism we must make sure that we have a required  infrastructure for giving out knowledge.”According to him, the Federal Government is still working at securing the release of remaining Chibok girls and others from captivity of the insurgent Boko Haram.

In his speech, Abubakar said: “To enhance professional performance of a fighting force like the NAF, it is essential to develop an enduring safety culture across board. As such, the Nigerian Institute of Safety was established during the tenure of erstwhile Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin. Since its establishment, the institute was able to graduate three sets of officers from the Basic Safety Officers Course in 2016.

“Despite this modest achievement, it is with mixed feelings that I inform you that NAFIS is being relocated to NAF Base Kaduna. This is in pursuant of our resolve to reposition the NAF. A recent organizational restructuring has however given rise to the establishment of 209 Quick Response Group which will replace NAFIS at Ipetu-Ijesa.

“This is a robust and versatile unit that will enhance prompt and effective deployment of NAF forces to meet any emerging security challenge in the southwest zone of the country.”

Also, the Osun State Deputy Governor, Chief Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, assured that the state would continue to support the Armed Forces.

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