House proposes legislations to improve Nigeria’s air power

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The Nigerian House of Representatives is proposing legislation that would promote investment and innovation in the nation’s security system to deal with the present challenges.

Speaker House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila stated this at a Public Investigative Hearing on the incessant Non-Combatant Related Air Crashes in the country.

Represented by the House Leader Mr. Peter Akpatason, the Speaker expressed regret that in the last four years, the Nigerian Air Force has recorded eight non-combatant crashes.

The Speaker expressed the determination of the House to work with the Air Force to determine their present needs and provide funding for recruitment training and equipment to the agency more effective.

“In our bid to improve the ability of the security agencies to deal with the present challenges and prepare against future threats, we have decided, through legislative impetus, to allow for investment, innovation and growth with a firm and more active role in the management of Nigeria’s National Security architecture,” Speaker stressed.

Reacting, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the Air Force is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that its personnel are exposed to the best of training and the air crafts are serviced in line with international safety standards.

Air Marshal Abubakar maintained that “For us in the Air Force have made substantial progress from 2015 when the serviceable status of flyable aircraft was only 35%, but today as at this month, the serviceable status is 70%.”

The Chairman of the House Committee on Air Force, organizers of the event, Alh. Shehu Koko condemned the incessant air crashes and promised stringent legislation that rise Nigerian air power as well as safety.

Mr. Koko explained that “During the brief interactions we had with the Nigeria Air Force, the Committee committed toward ensuring a proactive Air Force through provision of adequate funding to ensure training of personnel and provision of modern equipment to sustain the air power for the fight against insurgence.”

Reports indicate that Nigerian Air Force had witnessed eight air crashes in various parts of the country between 2015 and 2019.