By: UBONG UKPONG ABUJA
Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), has charged troops of the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) to sustain the current offensive against terrorists and insurgents in the North East.
He gave the charge while on an operational visit to frontline troops of 105 Composite Group, Maiduguri and 103 Strike Group, Yola.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information, (DOPRI), said in an update that the visits, which served as morale booster to personnel of the Air Component afforded the CAS the opportunity to interact with them with a view to addressing some of their immediate operational challenges.
“On arrival in Maiduguri, Air Marshal Amao was briefed by the Air Component Commander, OPHK, Air Commodore Nnamdi Ananaba, who gave a summary of the major achievements recorded by the Air Component towards degrading the capabilities of insurgents in Borno State, especially in the last 30 days.
“The CAS thereafter commended the troops for their commitment to the current onslaught against insurgents in the North East, while urging them to sustain and maintain the momentum”, Air Commodore Gabkwet said.
The DOPRI further added that the CAS expressed satisfaction that, “the outcome of our air operations have been very encouraging and positive and we must sustain these efforts to remain on course towards meeting our overall end state of ridding the Region of these criminals.”
The CAS was said to have further charged the troops to remain focused and committed towards their operational objective.
“Absolute commitment, discipline and dedication is required at this point in time for us to get the job done”, the CAS said.
He also expressed optimism that the security threats confronting the country would soon be a thing of the past as the NAF, in synergy with other sister Services was working assiduously to flush out all criminal elements, so as to enable all Nigerians go about their daily lives and businesses without fear.
The CAS was also said to have stated that , “in view of the centrality of air power in joint operations, the NAF would continue to provide the much-needed air support for the surface forces in all theatres of operation in the country.”
While at Yola, Air Marshal Amao , was said to have expressed appreciation to the personnel for their commitment and dedication to duty and charged them to continue to synergize their efforts with other security agencies within their location.
He also assured them that the entire nation remained grateful for their sacrifices and commitments towards keeping Nigeria safe.
During the interactive session, several issues pertaining to welfare, promotion and discipline, among others were said to have also been addressed by the CAS on the spot.
The CAS was accompanied on the visit by some Branch Chiefs from Headquarters NAF and Air Officers Commanding Tactical Air Command and Air Training Command.