The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has shown interest in partnering with Edo University, Iyamho, in order for the institution to use its wealth of experience in the field of engineering to maintain NAF equipment for better operation.
Sadique Abubakar, Chief of the Air Staff, disclosed this at a lecture he delivered during the University’s 4th Founder’s Day. Title of the lecture was: “The Nigerian Air Force Making Giant Strides In Keeping Nigeria Safe”.
Abubakar, while expatiating on the benefits of collaborating with the University during the meeting, which held virtually, with Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki in attendance, said the Nigerian Air Force is now properly structured especially with the acquisition of additional military hardware.
He enjoined the university to use its wealth of experience in the field of engineering to support the Air Force in the maintenance of her equipment.
The Chief of Air Staff informed participants that crimes and other forms of insecurity including terrorism have been reduced as a result of effective communication between the military and affected communities.
Abubakar gave hint on the existence of quick response units to counter insecurity and noted that several pilots including females are among air personnel recently trained in the various departments of the Force to man strategic areas of need.
On his part, the Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, who chaired the event, commended the University for putting in place such an architectural masterpiece.
Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor, Edo University, Prof Emmanuel Aluyor, appreciated all relevant stakeholders for the feat attained in the continuation of academic activities despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
He expressed gladness that the Nigerian Air Force, in keeping with her mandate, is playing her role effectively in the defence of the nation’s territorial integrity.
Those in attendance at the 4th Founder’s Day Meeting include Commissioner for Police, Benue State; the Vice-Chancellor, Adamawa State University; Representative of the Director General, National Youth Service Corps and other dignitaries who were in attendance all gave their goodwill messages.