The Nigerian Air Force says it will increase its recruitment of officials to 2,500 annually.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who announced the new plan, said the increase in the number of intake would increase the Air Force’s support to Nigeria’s security.
He was speaking during the commissioning of the Ground Training Centre Airmen Instructors Quarters and Recruits camp at the 335 Base Services Group Air Force Base, Mando in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.
The project is part of others initiated by the administration of Air Marshal Abubakar few months ago.
He explained that the projects were aimed at creating enabling working environment for personnel as a motivation to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.
Announcing plans by his administration to ensure that personnel of the service have their own houses upon retirement, the Air Chief urged them not to relent in their duties in protecting the territorial integrity of the nation.
During an interview with reporters at the end of the event, he cleared the air on the claim by the Boko Haram terrorists that 40 of the Chibok girls were killed during an air strike by the Nigerian Air Force jets at the Sambisa forest in Borno State.