By Helen Udoh-Abuja
The Chairman, Organizing Committee, 2022 NAF Day Celebration/Reunion, Air Commodore Olasunkanmi Abidoye says The Nigerian Air Force has commenced programmes to mark its 58th Anniversary Celebration.
He made this known at the Press Briefing held at the NAF Headquarters, Abuja while also disclosing the Theme of the Anniversary as, “Enhancing Nigerian Air Force Efficiency In Joint Operations for Effective Response to Contemporary National Security Imperatives”.
The choice of the Theme according to Abidoye is informed by the Idea of renewing focus on joint military operations and effective synergy among the Services and other security agencies as well as consolidating on the gains of the employment of airpower, especially at the critical time of our nation’s history. The Theme was also advancing the vision of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao aimed at enhancing and sustaining critical airpower capabilities required for joint force employment to pursue national security.
The Chairman also noted that there will be other pre-event activities taking place across other NAF units which are Juma’at prayers and interdenominational church service on Friday 13th and Sunday 15th May 2022 respectively. According to Abidoye, provision has also made for medical outreaches to the host communities across the country while the Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) would also embark on humanitarian support activities to some selected communities in Kano State.
According to the Chairman, Organizing Committee, 2022 NAS day celebration/Reunion, Air Commodore Olasunkanmi Abidoye, series of activities have been pegged to give a rundown on NAF’s programmes in fighting insurgency, terrorism and other forms of criminality in the country.The activities to be featured include; seminar and aerial display by several NAF platforms.
Looking the Reunion aspect of the event, the Chairman explained that these series of activities accommodated in 2022 NAF Day Celebration is to regain a sustainable trust and support of Nigerians while appreciating the goodwill they have enjoyed over the years. The Chairman further disclosed that there will be a seminar precisely on the 19th of May, 2022 whereupon papers will be presented by very resourceful personalities on Air to Ground Integration and Operational Efficiency as well as optimizing NAF platforms for effective joint force employment.
The focal point of the Seminar, he said was to proffer workable strategies aimed at checkmating various security challenges confronting the Nation. The anniversary, he noted, would also witness the Pulling out Ceremony of members of 35th and 36th Regular Course who recently retired from the Service. A golf kitty would also be held in Kano while other sporting activities would take place simultaneously in all NAF units across the country on Friday, 20 May 2022, as well as a Re-union Night to honour some retired senior officers of the NAF after many years of meritorious service to the Country.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the event. The anniversary ceremonies are expected to end on Saturday, 21 May 2022 with a ceremonial parade, symbolic fly-past, Research and Development (R&D) exhibition and photo gallery display.(Outlook media).