Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, on Thursday called for the establishment of a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Damaturu, the state capital.
Buni made the call when he hosted the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Damaturu.
The governor, who described the NAF as one of the strategic components in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, said the establishment of NAF Base in the state would help to flush out Boko Haram militants from their hideouts.
He also asked for the establishment of a NAF Command Secondary School in the state.
The governor said: “Considering the strategic position of our state in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents, and the fact that we are currently completing an international Cargo Airport here in Damaturu, I wish to request the Chief of Air Staff for the establishment of a Nigerian Air Force Base in the state. I believe it would be faster and easier for the Air Force to take out Boko Haram bases and hideouts and strengthen our internal security system if we have a NAF Base in place.
“I also request for the establishment of a NAF Command Secondary School in our state to enable our people to benefit from the numerous services that such schools render.”
Earlier in his address, the NAF chief said the Force would soon acquire two helicopter gunships to completely dismantle the insurgents in the Northeast.
He also disclosed that NAF has trained about 100 pilots some of whom are working in the Northeast.
According to him, the acquisition of the helicopter gunships would increase the surveillance and protection of people in the Northeast.
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