The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday tested its new tactical operations and defense coordinating centers at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.
Commissioning the project on Sunday, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, said that the centers would provide an enabling environment for the Air Force to accomplish its mission in the fight against insurgency in the northeast.
The various projects constructed by the Nigerian Air Force are; a flight line house, two blocks for 12 logistics wings flight line access road, a tactical operations center and an ammunition dump.
Others are a base defense coordinating center, residential quarters for air men and air women, worship centers for Christians and Muslims and a single officers quarters.
In his address of welcome, officer in charge of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Uzezi, said the base was the engine room of the air effort in support of counter insurgency in the north east.
Also at the event was the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, who was received by the Air Chief at the flight line in the Air Force Base.
After his arrival, General Olonisakin inspected a guard of honor mounted by the troops the 75 Strike Group in Yola.
In his speech, Air Marshall Abubakar told the gathering that his vision was to reposition the Nigerian Air Force into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperative.
He said that the need to reposition the 75 Strike Group in Yola was more evident, considering the role it plays as the Air Component Headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole.
Keys were presented to some beneficiaries of the official quarters by Governor Bindo Jibrilla of Adamawa State.