Nigerian Air Force gets commendation for credible Air Power 

Martha Obi, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, has commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for its continued delivery of credible Air Power in the North East and other parts of the country as well as across the West African Sub-Region.

General Olonisakin gave this commendation in Lagos during the Logistics Command (LC) Air Logistics Support Simulation Exercise (SIMEX)

The SIMEX dubbed “OMO OLOJA”, meaning “the Trader” or “Peddler of Goods”, was designed on a scenario based on the need to provide rapid airlift of humanitarian relief materials to a fictitious nation of 37 provinces which had been devastated by natural disaster.

In his keynote address, the CDS, who was Guest of Honour at the event, expressed delight to flag-off such a significant exercise because of the importance of logistics to the successful conduct of contemporary military operations, “without logistics, success cannot be guaranteed.”

Olonisakin said “the most audacious battle is planned, manned by the most highly skilled personnel with the most advanced weapon systems; but if there is no ordinary drinking water for the troops, or lack the capacity to move men and materiel to the right place at the right time; all may come to nothing”.

Speaking further, General Olonisakin lauded the NAF for its robust human capacity building initiatives which had enabled the Service perform its constitutional roles creditably.

He also commended the chief of staff for organizing the SIMEX which, he said, would further build NAF’s capacity to provide efficient and timely logistics support for the effective conduct of operations of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The CDS also seized the opportunity to thank the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for making the modernization, re-equipping and continuous training of the Nigerian Armed Forces a top priority.

In his opening remarks, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, stressed the importance of Air Power in modern warfare not only in offensive and defensive roles but also in collection of credible and timely intelligence as well as the swift and efficient airlift of forces within and across theatres of operation.

He noted that “the security challenges currently facing the country and the West African Sub-Region would continue to make Air Power imperative for the effective discharge of Nigeria’s obligations in ensuring sub-regional stability, as demonstrated during the Gambian crisis”.

The CAS described air logistics support as one of NAF’s core functions that would continue to make this possible.

Highlight of the event was the loading and airlift of some consignments of relief materials by the C-130H heavy airlift aircraft.