Ugwuanyi hails NAF’s security roles in Enugu, pledges support to new Command

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Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (middle), the pioneer Air Officer, Commanding, Air Force Ground Training Command, Enugu, Air Vice Marshal Samson Okon Akpasa (2nd right), and other officers of the Nigerian Air Force at the Government House, Enugu, on a visit.

THE Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has assured the Air Force Command of the readiness of his administration to assist and support the operations of the Command where necessary.

Ugwuanyi made the pledge Friday, when the commander of the newly established Ground Training Command of the Nigeria Air Force, Enugu, Air Vice-Marshal, Samson Okon Akpasa, with his entourage visited him at the Government House, to intimate the governor of his posting.

While congratulating Air Vice Marshal Akpasa on “this new and obviously, very important and strategic office,” Ugwuanyi acknowledged that officers and men of the Nigeria Air Force, along with other security agencies in the state, have all contributed in helping the state maintain her enviable status as one of the safest and most secure in the country.

He noted that his administration has enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Force through its formations and establishments in the state, “all of which have consistently partnered with and assisted us in many areas of necessity more especially, security and education.

“I am delighted to receive the pioneer head of the new Command and I assure you of our warm wishes, goodwill and friendship of the people of Enugu.”

The Commander, said that it was “the present security architecture of the country that warranted the restructuring of Nigerian Air Force, which gave birth to Ground Training Command” in order to ensure effective and efficient security of every part of the country while noting that its location in Enugu will eventually make the realization of the Air Force objectives possible.

According to him, the new Command is strategic to the Air Force, considering the fact that it has a lot to do with aircraft owned by the Air Force and the training of its personnel to achieve high level of professionalism. While admitting to the challenge of the new office, he said that “soon, all other structures needed for restructuring of the Command will be put in place.”

Akpasa also solicited for more support and cooperation of the governor and other stakeholders in the commencement of the Command headquarters.

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