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Nigerian Air Force To Partner Private Companies To Combat Boko Haram

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it will continue to encourage partnership with the private sector to provide facilities where aircraft can be maintained to enhance the fight against insurgency.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said this on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to Caverton Helicopters, Ikeja, where he inspected the organisation’s Maintenance and Full Flight Simulator facilities.

Mr. Abubakar expressed his excitement with the facility on ground saying: “It will provide an avenue whereby aircraft and helicopters can be serviced instead of flying them abroad for maintenance.

“What I have seen in the facility clearly shows that we can key into the organisation’s activities to get serviceable Agusta 109 and 139 as well as the Bell 412 helicopters.

“By the time we fine tune the terms of the partnership, it will clearly show why we believe that all hands must be on deck to effectively deal with insecurity.”

The airforce chief said it was imperative to find a way of bridging the gap that disconnects the military from the private sector in order to work toward achieving a common goal.

“Caverton has the facility that will be beneficial to us in the fight against insurgency. If I had not come I would not have known about this facility.”

The CAS said that the issue of insecurity in the country should not be left to the military alone adding that all hands must be on deck to protect the integrity of the nation.

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