From Bodunrin kayode, Maiduguri
Chief of the air staff, Air Vice Marshall Sadiq Abubakar has commissioned a new hanger for aircraft maintenance in the Maiduguri Air component base.
The Air Chief Abubakar Sadiq who was in Maiduguri on Sunday to cut the tape noted that he is not unaware of the sacrifices the air men were making on a daily basis in the service.
And that is why he will always make sure they get substantially most of their demands required to prosecute the on going ten year old insurgency war.
Sadiq said he was aware that the air personnel have been working in very harsh conditions which is why he identified and dismantled one of their idle units to set up what is now the standard hanger in Maiduguri.
“It is my desire for us to have an enabling environment for you to work in. That is why we brought this unit down with lots of offices and workshops for you to be able to do the job with full satisfaction.
” This platform will keep our aircrafts from the harsh weather conditions. They will be kept in very conducive environments in the hanger and would be brought out only when there is need for them to come out.
“I urge you all to continue working hard and to refuse to be distracted by circumstances around you. Maintenance has been going on outside in the midst of sandstorm and the heat which sometimes rise up to 48 degrees Celsius which is not too good for the equipments.”
The hanger designed to accommodate up to twelve Augusta helicopters lined up for maintenance at a time would be a timely back up for all air operational components in the Lafia Dole headquarters.
The hanger with a massive runway to accommodate the C130 aircrafts, will also be able to maintain Mi, Alpha, L39, ZA, CH-3A, kingsAir350i aircrafts and special Druce Drones.
Earlier the Air Component Commander of the Airforce base in Maiduguri, Air Commodore Precious Amadi Commended the Chief of the Air staff Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar for his commitment towards the welfare of the officers and men fighting the war in the north east war theatre.