In keeping with its tradition of immortalizing fallen heroes who have paid the supreme price in service to the nation, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Wednesday, named a newly constructed accommodation after late Lance Corporal Nura Adamu, a statement by its spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, has announced.
Lance Corporal died in the NAF Mi-35M Helicopter that crashed in combat while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno State on 2 January 2019.
The new block named after him has 30 furnished single-room airmen’s transit accommodation in NAF Base Kaduna.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, represented by Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Kingsley Lar, Chief of Administration, Headquarters (HQ) NAF, said the new accommodation was named after late Lance Corporal Adamu to keep alive the memory of his service to the nation while encouraging others to continue contributing their quota in the fight against terrorism and other forms of criminality in the country.
He observed that the objective behind the numerous infrastructural projects executed in NAF Bases across the country was to ensure conducive home and work environments for personnel in line with the charge given by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure enhanced welfare conditions for all personnel.
He stated that the provision of decent housing for personnel would continue to be accorded high priority to ensure that personnel are better prepared to respond to various exigencies of duty. The CAS noted that NAF Base Kaduna, being the Premier Base of the NAF and home of Air Training Command (ATC), which conducts aircrew training, would receive the needed attention in terms of provision of facilities.
The Air Chief, the statement added also disclosed plans to construct new quarters in the Base whilst addressing other areas of infrastructural deficit. The CAS seized the opportunity to remind all personnel to remain apolitical while focusing on the performance of their assigned duties.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Air Officer Commanding ATC, AVM Muhammed Suleiman, who was represented by the Command Evaluation Officer, Air Commodore Sunday Aneke, said the current administration’s infrastructural renewal of NAF Bases has spurred personnel for more effective performance of their duties.
He thanked the CAS for the construction of the new accommodation block and other ongoing projects across units in the Command and pledged the Command’s commitment to enhance discipline amongst personnel, ensure a secured environment while providing top-class service delivery. In attendance at the ceremony were the Commander 453 Base Services Group, Air Commodore Idi Sani, Commanders of co-located Units in Kaduna as well as the Chairperson and members of Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) ATC Chapter, among others.