The Nigerian Air Force has successfully serviced its fleet of “fighter jets” within the country with the security challenges facing Nigeria, it was deemed necessary by the Air Force to change the face of the game and will be done periodically henceforth.
During the hand-over of the six alpha jets and a c-130h jet, the Minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada, emphasised that the fleet will help in tackling the nation’s security challenges.
“It’s a great day, not just for Nigeria but for the Nigerian Air Force”
“For the very first time ever, we have had a successful periodic maintenance of our aircraft in-country without having to carry them out of the country to other countries for maintenance
“And as you can see, the aircrafts are already in operation, they are flying and it is the start of good things to come along the line with the transformation agenda of Mr. President that we should look inwards, for the benefit of our country
“Now many of engineers have worked on these aircrafts and they are acquiring knowledge, that means we can now go ahead and maintain and reactivate many other aircrafts that have been more or less moribund, we can bring back to life, we are gaining expertise, we are gaining and saving Nigeria hard-earned foreign exchange and we are all the happier for it, to God be the Glory” she ended.
According to report, the next phase for the aircrafts will be utilisation and the pilots couldn’t hide that the joy that the days of redundancy are over.