Bauchi donates land for NAF shooting range

The Bauchi state government weekend donated land within the Lame and Bura Forests for the establishment of the Nigerian Air Force Shooting Range.
Governor of Bauchi state,Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, said the donation was part of contribution of the state government to human capacity building in the Nigerian Air Force.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony of an outdoor small arms shooting range and other projects recently executed by the NAF at its Base in Bauchi, the governor said the NAF had “done remarkably well in dealing with most of the security challenges confronting the nation.” He said the NAF had always demonstrated professionalism and discipline in the conduct of its operations while making invaluable sacrifices to ensure peace and security in the country.
He commended NAF humanitarian outreach programmes, which he said “had impacted positively on the wellbeing of members of the host communities”.
In his remarks, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, expressed gratitude to the people of Bauchi State for their hospitality and support to the NAF.
He noted that the security challenges facing the nation had necessitated the establishment of the SOC, and units under its command, in order to sharpen the NAF’s response capability in Internal Security and counterinsurgency operations.
Abubakar also noted that the NAF had trained over 2,000 Special Forces personnel to bridge the gap between force projection and force protection, with 1,000 of these personnel deployed, along with air assets, alongside other security agencies in the North East, North Central, South-South, South East and the North West.
He said the NAF would rejig air operations in Zamfara State with additional air assets being deployed in support of Operation Sharan Daji with a view to further dealing decisive blows on armed bandits.

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