NAF Inaugurates Young Education Officers’ Course

As part of efforts to sustain the quality of education in Nigerian Air Force (NAF) schools, the NAF today, 19 August 2019, inaugurated the maiden edition of the Young Education Officers’ Induction Course (YEOIC 1/2019) at the Air Force Military School (AFMS) in Jos, Plateau State. The YEOIC 1/2019 is designed to expose newly commissioned officers of Direct Short Service Course (DSSC 28) to the key aspects of Education Management in order to enable them function effectively and efficiently in line with the ethics of the teaching profession. The 77 participants of the 3-week YEOIC would also be intimated with the guiding principles that have enabled the NAF Directorate of Education (DOEDN) to sustain the laudable performance recorded in NAF schools over the years.

In his remarks during the inauguration ceremony, the Guest of Honour, Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Idi Amin, noted that the YEOIC could not have come at a better time than now, when the NAF is striving to attain world-class levels of efficiency, professionalism and discipline. He therefore commended the leadership of the NAF, under Air Marshal Sadique Abubarkar, the Administration Branch as well as the DOEDN for the introduction of the YEOIC, which, he said, would awaken the spirit of excellence among Education Officers in the NAF. The AOC added that the NAF places high responsibility on the young officers to provide leadership, which could only be effectively achieved by inspiring the trust and confidence of the followers.

Speaking further, the AOC stated that the primary objective of the YEOIC was to equip participants with requisite knowledge to facilitate their work as Education Officers. While acknowledging the huge task ahead of them, AVM Amin advised the officers to ensure they derive maximum benefits from the Course. According to him “as the current leadership of the NAF continues to vigorously pursue the agenda of professionalism, I wish to remind you of your sworn commitment to uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and always conduct yourselves in a manner befitting of a professional military officer”, he said.

Earlier in his welcome address, the NAF Director of Education, Group Captain Samson Adelakun, thanked the current leadership of the NAF for providing the needed support and logistics that had made it possible for the Directorate to organise its maiden YEOIC. He admonished the young officers to shun negative habits and vices which could truncate their career growth, whilst urging them to work assiduously towards the development of the NAF Education Specialty.

In order to enhance the quality of education services in its units across the country, the NAF has, over the last 4 years, renovated and remodelled existing infrastructure, as well as constructed new blocks of classrooms and hostel accommodations in its schools, while establishing 2 entirely new secondary schools. The new schools are; the elite Air Force Girls Comprehensive School Abuja and the Air Force Secondary School (AFSS) Shasha, Lagos. AFSS Kaduna was also upgraded to a boarding school and renamed Air Force Comprehensive School Kaduna. This is aside the numerous capacity building initiatives that have empowered the faculty of NAF schools for better performance. One of the results of these efforts is the excellent performance recorded by Master Peter Seunara Arotiba, who stunned the academic world by emerging as the best overall candidate in the 2018 May/June West African Examination Council (WAEC) Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) in the whole of West Africa, with 9 A-1s in 9 Subjects, beating over 1.9 Million candidates that sat for the Examination. The YEOIC, which would come to an end on 6 September 2019, is expected to position the participants to create an environment to replicate such results when they report to their various units at the end of the Course.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
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NAF Commissions Renovated Accomodation

The current Nigerian Air Force (NAF) administration has provided accommodation to 546 personnel in NAF Base Kaduna from August 2015 till date. This was made known yesterday, 19 August 2019, by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while commissioning a renovated block of 30 x 2-bedroom flats for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) in Kaduna. He also disclosed that the construction of a block of 10 x one-bedroom officers’ transit quarters and renovation of another officers’ transit quarters were also ongoing. He noted that these, when completed, would accommodate additional 50 personnel.

The CAS, who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command (AOC ATC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Muhammad Suleiman, said projects like this were initiated in all NAF Bases to ensure conducive work and home environments for personnel and their families in line with the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces directives for enhanced welfare for personnel. He further said that providing decent housing for officers, airmen and airwomen remains one of the priorities of Headquarters NAF Policy thrust, towards ensuring that personnel and their families live in a befitting accommodation and are therefore better prepared to respond to various exigencies of the Service. The CAS said the administration remains committed to upgrading existing structures as well as building new facilities as part of infrastructural development drive in all NAF Units. Air Marshal Abubakar disclosed that the administration would continue to provide the much needed support to sustain the tempo of operations against insurgency, kidnapping and armed banditry. He therefore urged personnel to re-double their efforts to reposition the Service into a highly professional and disciplined force for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s National Security imperatives.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commander 453 Base Services Group, Air Commodore Idi Sani, said that the event is a remarkable milestone towards improving the living conditions of NAF personnel and adding to the phenomenal development on the Base. He said NAF Base Kaduna would continue to remain grateful to the CAS for his unwavering support towards the provision of shelter and other basic amenities on the Base. He disclosed that the beneficiaries of the structure have vowed to reciprocate the exceptional gesture with continued commitment to duties while developing and upholding a high maintenance culture. Some of the beneficiaries were handed over their keys at the occasion. The Commandant Air Force Institute of Technology, Chief of Staff ATC and Commanders of co-located NAF Units graced the occasion.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force