BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA—The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Muhammed Dikko Umar, vowed yesterday that his administration will see to the completion of Air Force projects, including accommodation, training infrastructure and repairs of aircraft abandoned over the years.
He made the statement during a briefing after a tour of the 106 HQ NAF Camp, Abuja, that took him to the NAF base, Bill Clinton drive, officers’ Quarters, Life Camp, NAFOWA Secretariat, Asokoro and the Mogadishu Cantonment among others.
On his impression about the facilities, Umar said: “First, I want to say this is a maiden visit to the 106 NAF Camp, Abuja. The camp is responsible for rendering administrative support to the NAF HQ in terms of security maintenance, just like the police and other Para-military organisations within the FCT.
“The visit is important to check up on units, as well as its challenges, so as to assist them in carrying out these responsibilities. So far, we are impressed with what we have seen.”
“Despite the challenges, which you have also witnessed with us in the course of the tour, we are confident that we can take care of things within the shortest time possible, so as to position the unit to continue to render it services.”
Asked what the Air Force intended to do concerning the accommodation of its officers and abandoned projects that dot the NAF Camp, situated close to the airport, the Chief of Air Staff said “we are taking that up with the Ministry of Defence and very soon, we’ll obtain permission to complete some of the abandoned projects which you have seen around.
“We are very concerned about them and the Ministry of Defence is assiduously assisting us to this end.”
He promised to look into the welfare of officers at the 106 NAF Camp Hospital, improve water supply at the various camps, the secretariat and requests of NAFOWA, as well as some of the blocks of buildings located at the Air Force wing of the Mogadishu Cantonment, amongst other things.
The visit, which is the first since his appointment, covered the NAF Base Camp, Commanders’ Quarters, Life Camp; the NAFOWA Secretariat and the Mogadishu Cantonment.