House Of Reps Wants More Air Power for Nigerian Air Force

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Updated October 19, 2016


The lawmakers say the NAF needs more funding for operational duties
The lawmakers say the NAF needs more funding for operational and tactical duties.

The House of Representatives says more provisions will be made for the Nigerian Air Force in the 2017 budget to acquire more air power.

This is according to the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Air Force, Samson Okwu on Tuesday when the committee visited the 97 special operations group in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The committee which was constituted in accordance with section 62(1) of the 1999 constitution to over see the Air Force including its budget estimates, is on a nationwide oversight tour to ascertain the welfare and operational capacity of the Nigerian Air Force.

In recognition of such need to equip the force, President Muhammadu Buhari on October 10, transferred two Ballistics defence capabilities aircraft from his presidential fleet to the Nigerian Air Force.

The handover took place at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Abubakar while taking receipt of the aircraft says one of them will be used by the NAF as an air ambulance while the second one will be used convey troops.