Yobe State Governor, Honourable Mai Mala Buni has commended Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for their bravery and commitment of the pilots who not only conduct daring air raids on terrorists’ locations to destroy their facilities and neutralize their fighters but also respond speedily to distress calls to support their comrades fighting on land when locations in the State are under attack.
This commendation was made at the Government House in Damaturu on Monday, the Governor hailed Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who is on an inspection to establish a virtual Forward Operating Base (FOB), with a helipad and refueling facilities, in Damaturu, the State capital, to boost the response capability of the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE to threats in the State.
Governor Buni said the fact that the Eid-el-Fitr Celebrations were marked in relative peace was as a result of the commitment of NAF and the ATF for their immense contributions towards ensuring a gradual return to normalcy in the State. “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 equally thanked the CAS for his support in the realization of the Damaturu International Cargo Airport project, which he said would witness its first test flight on Friday, 29 May 2020. As Yobe State, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to establish a virtual Forward Operating Base (FOB), with a helipad and refueling facilities, in Damaturu, the State capital.
Earlier in his remarks, 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 succour to commuters. The CAS said the NAF, working in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, would maintain the tempo of operations with a view improving security in Yobe State.