The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall, Sadiq Abubakar, said providing decent housing for officers, airmen and airwomen remains one of his top priorities.
Abubakar made the remark at the inauguration of 30 flat of two bed room houses for Senior None Commission Officers at the NAF Base Kaduna on Monday.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report the Air Chief was represented by the Air Officer Commanding, Air Training Command, AVM Muhammad Sulaiman.
“Accordingly, providing decent housing for officers, airmen and airwomen remains one of the priorities of HQ NAF Policy thrust, toward ensuring the Nigerian Air Force personnel and their families live in a befitting accommodation and better prepared to respond to various exigencies of the Service.
“Projects like this were initiated in all NAF Bases to ensure the provision of a conducive atmosphere for personnel at their various work places and homes in line with the change agenda of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna being the Premier Base of the NAF and home of Air Training Command is crucial to the successful conduct of aircrew and air operations support training.
“It is therefore appropriate that such a Base receive commensurate attention in terms of the provision of facilities for the general well-being of personnel and their families.
“Accordingly, there are ongoing constructions of new quarters as well as arrangement to address many other areas of infrastructural deficit in the Base.
“Specifically, since the inception of the current administration of the NAF in August 2015 to date, a total of 336 houses/flats accommodating 546 personnel were built in Kaduna.
“Moreover, there are other ongoing projects under construction which include 10 x one officers’ transit quarters and the renovation of 2nd officers transit quarters which will take additional 50 personnel when completed.
“It is hoped that these would create an enabling environment and motivation for personnel to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently’’, he said.
Abubakar said the Federal Government would continue to provide the needed support to sustain the tempo of operations against insurgency, kidnapping and other forms of banditry.
“So must our efforts be sustained to reposition the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force for effective, efficient and timely employment of air-power in response to Nigerian National Security imperatives’’.
According to him, the human being is the most important in every organisation, as such supporting the personnel appropriately is central to the achievement of success in securing Nigeria’s airspace.
“As such, the administration remains committed to upgrading, reforming and building of new facilities as part of infrastructural development drive in all NAF units.
“I enjoin you all to re-dedicate yourselves and continue to add value toward making the Service more relevant and effective in addressing the current and future security challenges in the country.” Abubakar said.
Earlier the Commander 453 Base Service Group, Air Comdr Idi Sani said the construction of the new houses was a remarkable milestone in CAS’s drive toward improving the living condition of NAF personnel.
Sani added that NAF Base Kaduna would remain very grateful for the supportive and unwavering disposition of the Air Chief towards the provision of shelter and other basic amenities for the Base.
“I wish to inform you Sir that the beneficiaries of this stunning structure have vowed to reciprocate this exceptional gesture with continuous commitment to duties as well as developing and upholding a high maintenance culture’’.(NAN)