By Mohammad Tijjani
#TrackNigeria: The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar has said that 106 officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) graduated from the Very Important Personality Protection course 3, (VIP ) on Friday in Kaduna.
Represented by AVM Charles Ohwo Director Operation, NAF headquarters, Abubakar made this known during the graduation ceremony held at the Regiment Training Center (RTC) NAF base.
He said the regularity of turning out vital human resources was evident of the centre’s commitment for excellence in developing ground combat human capacity for the Air Force.
“To the graduates, I must commend your resilience, tenacity and perseverance in undergoing this course, no doubt your training is rigorous nature.
“This is deliberate, because the course is intended to enhance your physical skills and intellectual abilities to provide adequate protection of our national critical infrastructure and human assets.
He noted that, the force protection has become more compelling now than ever, given the complexity of contemporary security challenges that is facing the nation.
“I therefore urge you to live up to the ideals of your training in your areas of deployment, you must be prepared to do your best in all circumstances as your future assignment will require courage, good judgement and sacrifices.
” I am happy to note that our efforts to build an efficient force structure are becoming more evident”, he said.
Abubakar charged the graduates to be innovative and make judicious use of resources that will be put at their disposal from time to time.
He urged all personnel to remain dedicated to their duties and conduct themselves in manner consistent with NAF core values and services.
“As we prepare for the forthcoming general elections, I want to re-affirm that as members of the armed forces, we must continue to remain apolitical in the discharge of our constitutional responsibilities.
“We assure Mr President of our unalloyed loyalty and reiterate our abiding faith in democracy. “he said.
Earlier the commandant, RTC, Wing Cmdr Stephen Sekegor ,said the VIP protection course was designed to ensure and give adequate protection to dignitaries against attack from disgruntled element, terrorist and extremists.
Sekegor said the current NAF administration was being mindful of contemporary security challenges, since assumptions of office and has deliberately pursued the capacity building drive of NAF Regiment Specialty. (NAN)