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  • Updated: June 14, 2024

NAF to enhance Northeast security with new aircrafts, seeks waiver on N644 million

NAF to enhance Northeast security with new aircrafts, seeks

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said it was expecting the delivery of 50 brand new aircrafts in the next two years to enhance security in the Northeast region and other parts of the country.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Bala stated this on Friday when he paid a visit to the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in Yola, the state capital, adding that some of the aircrafts will be stationed in the state to enhance the fight against insecurity in the region.

He assured the governor of the NAF's commitment to ensuring full restoration of peace in the Northeast and other troubled areas in the country.

He further pledged efforts of the NAF in containing the security challenges of the state, especially kidnapping and the menace of Shilla boys.

Speaking on the over N644 million outstanding ground and penal rents owed the State Government, the Air Chief sought for the Governor's waiver for the payment.

He said: “Recently, the NAF received a letter from the Adamawa State Ministry of Lands and Survey and Messrs TRV unify Solutions Ltd that was contracted as the sole revenue consultants by the State Government.

“They are demanding for payment of outstanding annual ground and penal rents on the NAF permanent site land. The accrued amount from Year 2000 -2024 totalled N644,132,000.00."

As contained in a statement by Muhammad B. Tukur, the governor's Senior New Media aide on Friday, the Air Chief appealed to Governor Fintiri to extend the drainage constructed by his administration at Saminaka to the Air Force Comprehensive School fence.

He said: "As a result of the construction of this drainage, large volume of water that flows through these drainages discharges across the NAF land causing erosion and posing serious threat to the fence of the AFCS."

On his part, Governor Fintiri commended the NAF for enhancing collaboration with the State Government in ensuring security for the state and Nigeria.

The statement partly reads: "Governor Fintiri who called for urgent action on the reconstruction of Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Gombi and Madagali Local Government Areas on the hectares of land allocated to the Air force by the state government to meet its target.

"On some areas of concern raised by the Chief of Air Staff,the Governor said government has no intention to leave any part of the state undeveloped as such directed the ministry of works to wade into the issue of erosion around the NAF comprehensive school immediately as he promised to look into the issue of ground rate

"He commended all security agencies for collaborating with the state government to stamp down menace of shila cult group, kidnapping among other issues of insecurity."

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