FROM JEFFERSON IBIWALE, BENIN
The fighting capacity and skills of the Nigerian Air Force have been improved appreciably in response to terrorism being waged By Boko Haram in the North east, Chief of Air Staff, Adeosun Amosu, an Air Marshal, has observed.
“If not for the lives that are really lost due to insurgency, you will see that this insurgency is really out to boost the capabilities of the NAF,” the Air Force chief said.
He also noted that the insurgency has equally aided collaboration among Nigeria’s security agencies, which he said has resulted in reduction of bomb explosions.
“As I speak with you now, we have better collaboration and sharing of information. That explains why these bombs that used to explode in major cities and towns have been reduced drastically. Out there in the North-East, it’s going to get better because, we now have common communication,” he said.
Amosun, who made the observation Thursday at the commissioning of the remodelled Air Force Barracks in Benin, said that the Air Force has employed innovative technology on surveillance at designated locations in the country to achieve good results.
Also speaking at the occasion, the governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, said that his administration would support plans by the Nigerian Air Force to establish a state of the-art secondary school in the state.
He observed that the road to the school was funded by the state government in fulfilment of his electoral promise to the Air Force whose disposition to residents in the state had been cordial.
Oshiomole, however, stated that the federal government has not shown enough appreciation to men of the Nigerian Armed forces for the sacrifice they make in defending the nation.