In an occasion which saw ,the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) prepare to send 20 officers to United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa for special training on combat operations directed at supporting the capacity of the military to deploy aerial forces to troubled parts of the country,the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, yesterday at NAF Headquarters, Abuja, charged the junior officers to take their trainings seriously in honour of the country and air force.
The Flying Officers who were selected after the completion of their courses at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) are expected to come back and strengthen the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the North East and if necessary, deployed against the resurgent militants in the Niger Delta region.
Abubakar who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Ahmed Iya, said that the officers were to be dispatched in two batches of 10 to UK for a six-month training course and South Africa for a one-year training respectively.
According to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Iya, “There are 20 officers that are going for the training with 10 of them going to South Africa and another 10 in UK”.
The Air force chief, while answering questions from journalists, said the training is a “deliberate effort to build capacity in view of the security challenges across the country”.
He also said, “These are fresh graduates from the NDA. So what we are giving to them now is basic training and when they come back we will assign them to other platforms based on their performance.”
One of the pilots selected was confident that when they come back, they were going to apply what they have learnt, and hoped to do their best to complete the certification.