136.4bn: NAF Chief, Abubakar appears before Senate, defends #2021Budget
Nigeria Air Force is expecting delivery of 19 additional aircraft to aid its fight against insurgency and banditry in the country. This was disclosed by the Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar after defending the #2021 Budget estimates of the Nigeria Air Force before the Senate Committee on Air Force at the National Assembly in Abuja.
Abubakar said the Air Force had carried out operation for over 60,000 hours with half of those in the North East to fight insurgency. “We are expecting 3 J-17 fighters from Pakistan, 12 super Tucano from the United States, one M-171 and 3 special-mission aircraft from NIMASA. We are talking of about 19 additional aircraft,” he stressed. He also said one hanger had been relocated to Maiduguri to support aircraft maintenance. The Chief of Air Staff said the security force had trained 119 pilots from Liberia Air Force in support of the West African military.
He added about 200 personnel were receiving training in nine different countries. Senator Sani Musa (Niger East) a member of the committee, urged the Federal Government to dedicate resources and deploy technology to fight insurgency.
He decried that the N1 billion allocated for training is not enough for serious training, research, and development. Also, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, said the panel would be willing to visit the North East for an on-the-spot assessment of the region.