Hierarchy of the Nigerian Air Force NAF, has warned its personnel, especially the fighter pilots and helicopter combat pilots to stay away from harmful narcotic substances in the cause of their professional career.
It also tasked them to abide by the provisions stipulated in the Local Operating Procedures, LOPs and Standard Operating Procedures, SOPs.
The Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar gave this warning at the
winging of another female helicopter pilot and 11 others at NAF Headquarters, Abuja.
While reminding the new pilots that the art of flying goes beyond the innate technical ability that earned them wings, Air Marshal Abubakar charged them to remain disciplined and constantly develop a balanced mix of critical thinking, leadership skills and the right attitude.
“The current National security situation requires that we remain highly committed and focused. We must be willing, able and ready always. I therefore urge you to be ready to respond swiftly wherever and whenever you are called upon in the defence of our national sovereignty and interests,” CAS charged the new initiate.
Air Marshal Abubakar used the opportunity to reassure all Nigerians that the NAF remains fully committed to the successful execution of its constitutional roles, while appreciating the Messrs Civic Helicopters Incorporated for having professionally and successfully conducted the flying training.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Training and Operations, CTOP, Air Vice Marshal James Gwani, noted that the winging of the 12 pilots was another milestone achievement by the current NAF administration.
This, he said, would further boost the aircrew disposition of the Service and contribute to fulfilling the constitutional roles of the NAF especially in the series of ongoing air operations across the country.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the pilots as they had gone through the rigours of flying training.
Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola in a statement recalled that the NAF on 15 October, 2019, made history by decorating the first female fighter pilot, Flying Officer Kafayat Sani, and first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, with their wings in Abuja.
He said the new female helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Chinelo Nwokoye, is expected to join other female pilots who are currently deployed in different theaters of operation in the country to contribute her quota in the defence of her fatherland.