The Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has graduated 123 of its personnel.
The Chief of Air Staff ,Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, made the disclosure during the graduation ceremony of intermediate sundry courses at NAF base in Kaduna.
The air chief was represented by AVM Isiaka Amao , Chief of Policy and Plan, NAF Headquarters.
“I am here again to graduate another batch of 123 airmen and airwomen who have successfully completed intermidiate courses in aircraft maintenance, aerospace ground equipment, automech as well as logistics and supply chain management.
“The development of skilled technical manpower for effective and efficient maintenance of NAF platforms and associated equipment remains the core responsibility of this great Institution.
Abubakar noted that as a highly technical force, capacity building initiatives is crucial to reducing dependence on foreign expertise and building the confidence of our personnel.
According to Abubakar, the successful execution of air operations in the North East and other parts of the country is a glowing testament of our capacity building initiatives to reposition the air force into a highly professional and disciplined force that will respond efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner to national security challenges.
He said that despite the constraints imposed by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, AFIT doggedly continued with the training of the personnel who were graduating today.
He noted that the sacrifices demonstrated in the conduct of these courses were commendable and worthy of emulation as we forged ahead in our quest for technological self sufficiency.
Abubakar urged the graduands to remain focused and dedicated to the attainment of the objectives of the institute.
“You are expected to remain disciplined, focused and innovative. You must bring to bear the skills acquired during your training in the discharge of your duties.
The air chief said the scope of NAF operations is dynamic and the sophistication of the platforms and equipment required to prosecute them are becoming increasingly complex.
“Without doubt, the knowledge you have gained here will definitely be put to test in the field, as you bring to bear, evidence of your training in the discharge of your duties to enhance national development, “he said.
Abubakar then appreciated the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari, for his continuous support and unflinching belief in the ability of the NAF to produce technical manpower for the maintenance of her platforms and associated ground support equipment.
“This support goes a long way in bolstering the operational efficiency of the NAF in combating insurgency and other forms of criminality in various parts of the country,” Abubakar said.
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