The Nigerian Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada has disclosed the readiness of the Nigerian Air Force to face any challenge that can confront the nation through adequate training and acquisition of some modern airlift helicopters.
She made this assertion in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital on Thursday night at the closing ceremony of EXERCISE EBIYE RIN-the Civil-Military Operations Exercise organized by the Mobility Command of the Nigerian Air Force, a two weeks programme, where the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh said the democratic dispensation has brought fortune to the force.
Her words, “A number of events over the past few years in our country have given the issue of Armed Forces preparedness and essential role in disaster management increased prominence. The various air crashes, bomb blast and the wide spread flooding to mention a few, are indicative that we cannot wait until disasters occur before we start planning to manage their consequences.
“I do know that the acquisition of additional medium and heavy airlift helicopters would not only improve Search and Rescue, medical evacuation and logistics movement in times of disaster and crisis. I will therefore, as a matter of urgency, continue to pursue and take advantage of every opportunity to ensure that the Armed Forces is well equipped to meet up with its constitutional responsibilities and other governmental imperatives.”
The Minister who spoke through the Director Air Force in the Ministry, Mrs Olasumbo Siyanbade… expressed her satisfaction with the programme and cited the children that were evacuated to 445 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Ikeja for various surgeries.
As reported by Bayo Oladeji for Leadership (Abuja)