Timely funding of NAF will ensure protection of lives and property – Senate

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

(Sundiata Post) – Senate Committee on Airforce, Senator Ibin Na’ Allah has stressed that the timely of the Nigerian Air Force will help ensure that lives and properties are protected in the ongoing fight against insurgency and banditry.

Speaking at the Budget Defence of the Nigerian Airforce which was attended by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, Senator Na’Allah said the senate committee was ready demonstrate that could give its life in the continuous effort at keeping safe, by going on another tour of the theatre command in the North East of Nigeria.

The committee had on Tuesday unanimously adopted the budget of the Nigerian Airforce as was presented, with major concern expressed by some members of the committee that the undisclosed amount was not enough, giving the achievements recorded by the Airforce in its theatre Operations.

Speaking earlier, the Chief of Air Staff. Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar told the committee that the Nigerian Airforce was presently involved in (8) eight Operations across the country, which includes; Lafia Dole, Wild Stroke , Gama Aiki, Delta Safe and Thunder strike along the Kaduna expressway.

The Air Chief also used the occasion inform the senate committee that new bases have been established in Birnin – Gwari, , Bauchi, Gusau, , Agatu in state and Bauchi.

He said hundred airmen are currently undergoing various trainings in locations and will soon be integrated into the theatre command fighting insurgency and banditory in the country.

Speaking at the meeting, senator Sani Musa (Niger East) lamented that allocating the sum of one billion for the training and retraining of airmen was too meagre. The Niger State senator who commended the Airforce for ’s prowess in combating Ambanditry in Niger East District, especially in the Arewa area asked for a unit be established in the troubled spot.