The Nlgerian Airforce says it is strategizing to deal with current and emerging security challenges facing the nation.
According to a statement by NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet on Thursday, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, stated this in Abuja at a three-day retreat for operational unit commanders with the theme ‘Harnessing NAF Airpower Capabilities for Effectiveness in Joint Operations.
According to Amao, “the retreat was aimed at appraising NAF’s current state of effectiveness and efficiency towards contributing to the enhancement of national security as well as in dealing with current and emerging security challenges facing the nation”.
While noting that the Service faced several militating challenges, the CAS said, the onus lies on the NAF to work through those challenges and evolve the best operational strategies to achieve the desired results.
He also stated that the NAF must look for areas of synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, whilst leveraging each other’s capabilities to secure the nation.
Speaking further, the CAS reminded commanders of their responsibilities to the nation as a fighting force, saying that a huge burden of responsibility has been placed on the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the NAF in particular, by the Nigerian people to secure and ensure their security and safety.
According to him, “We cannot afford to let them down. We must therefore use this period of introspection to evolve strategies to improve our operations as well as enhance our logistics support systems and maintenance practices to ensure the serviceability of our air assets for optimal employment of airpower capabilities in joint operations”.
He also disclosed that the retreat no doubt provided an avenue for the NAF to critically analyse its activities, achievements and challenges in order to enhance the capacity of commanders and potential commanders in the NAF.