#Nigerian Air Force to Establish Virtual Base in #Yobe
The Nigerian Air Force NAF is set to establish a virtual Forward Operating Base FOB, with a helipad and refuelling facilities, in Damaturu, Yobe State capital.
This is in order to boost the response capability of the Air Task Force ATF of Operation Lafiya Dole to threats in the state.
This was made known by the Chief of Air Staff CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while on inspection of the facilities in Damaturu.
The Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, who accompanied the CAS on the inspection of the helipad, commended the NAF and the ATF for their immense contributions towards ensuring a gradual return to normalcy in the state.
In his remarks at the Government House Damaturu before the inspection, Governor Buni said the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations were marked in relative peace because of the bravery and commitment of NAF pilots who conduct daring air raids on terrorists’ locations to destroy their facilities and neutralise their fighters. They also respond speedily to distress calls to support their comrades fighting on land when locations in the state are under attack.
“Yobe State would remain indebted to the NAF for such commitment and would therefore continue to support all initiatives of the Service to enhance its capacity to respond to any threat in the State”, he said.
Governor Buni thanked the CAS for his support in the realisation of the Damaturu International Cargo Airport project, which he said would witness its first test flight on Friday, May 29 2020.
Air Marshal Abubakar appreciated Governor Buni for his personal commitment and tireless efforts that had facilitated the speedy execution of the helipad project.
He noted that the enhancement of NAF facilities in Damaturu would reduce reaction time and ensure greater effectiveness and efficiency in mission accomplishment.
He said this would even make it easier for the ATF to sustain the surveillance of the Maiduguri – Damaturu highway which had brought some level of succor to commuters.
“The NAF, working in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, would maintain the tempo of operations with a view to improving security in Yobe State”, Abubakar said.
The Chief of Staff was accompanied on the visit by branch Chiefs and Directors from Headquarters of the NAF as well as the Commander ATF.