The Nigerian Air Force along with their counterparts from Liberian Armed Forces have winged fourteen officers, having concluded their training in Kaduna and Ilorin in Nigeria
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar made this known in Abuja during the Winging Ceremony.
Air Marshal Sadiq urged them not to become complacent, knowing that flying operations require discipline, dedication and a lot of hard work.
Air Marshal Sadiq said that NAF have embarked on human capacity development which will reposition the Nigerian Air Force in order to adequately deal with such challenges.
He charged the new pilots to be prepared for the task ahead of them, so they can fit into the operational flying environment.
He also noted that the Nigerian Air Force in the last 3 years have projected air power both within and outside Nigeria.
The winging ceremony was a clear testimony of their commitment to service which is responsive to the needs of the country and the people.
Air Marshal Sadiq added that the Force has continued to discharge its mandate as provided in the Constitution of the Federal Republic, professionally and diligently.
He stated: The new winged pilots should be mentally prepared for mentoring by their captains and other senior colleagues in the field.
He urged them not to forget the 3 ‘Ds’ to success, which are Drive, Discipline and Desire in the quest for daily improvement.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan- Ali, who was represented by the the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Mrs Nuratu, Batagarawa said that the efforts of the Force in the fight against terrorism and other vices in the society is worthy of emulation.
She commended the NAF for professionalism, having conducted two winging ceremonies this year.
The Minister of National Defence, the Republic of Liberia, Major General Daniel Dee Ziankahn Junior( RTD) said that the Liberian government is indebted to NAF for the peace they helped to restored in the country.
The induction of the new pilots is another milestone aimed at strengthening the relations between the nations.
Source: Voice of Nigeria