Nigerian Air Force Honours Late Aircraftman, Commissions Additional Airmen’s Residential Accommodation
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has honoured late NAF 10/25170 Aircraftman Jamilu Lawal, in appreciation of his sacrifice to end insurgency in Nigeria, by naming the newly constructed block of 30 units of one-bedroom self-contained apartments after him. The late airman, who paid the supreme price while serving in Operation ZAMAN LAFIYA in Northeastern Nigeria, was recognized for placing the interest of the nation above personal interest. The residential accommodation, which is meant for the accommodation of Junior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) serving in Minna, was commissioned on Friday, 15 December 2017. This is in continuation of efforts by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to ensure that all personnel of the NAF and their families are properly accommodated.
The CAS, who was represented at the commissioning ceremony by the Chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao, stated that the current NAF leadership places a high premium on personnel welfare. Accordingly, everything possible is being done to make them comfortable, considering the enormous sacrifices they make on a daily basis. He then urged the beneficiaries to take adequate care of the new facilities. He added that the Federal Government was very mindful of the sacrifices being made by military personnel and hence, its commitment to their welfare through the provision of adequate resources to execute the various welfare projects. He encouraged the personnel to continue to be loyal, dedicated and professional in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
The Jamilu Block is one in the series of residential accommodation blocks and other projects commissioned at 351 Base Services Group, Minna under the current NAF Administration to enhance personnel welfare. It would be recalled that the NAF, on 26 September 2017, commissioned a 10 x 1 residential block for NCOs in Minna and named it after late Flight Sergeant Hassan TM, who also paid the supreme price during the ongoing war against insurgency. Other projects recently commissioned at the NAF Base Minna include an office complex, an 18 x 2 Senior NCOs’ accommodation and other types of residential accommodations. Besides, as part of efforts by the current NAF leadership to have accommodation sufficiency and improve the welfare of personnel for effective and efficient service delivery, several residential accommodations had been built in different parts of the country. A notable feature in the NAF, in the current dispensation, is the focus on the immortalization of NAF personnel who paid the supreme sacrifice in the course of service to the nation.
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