The Nigerian Air Force has stated that the major milestones it recorded were the successful training of 164 officers and 2,916 airmen/airwomen from January to December 2022.
Air Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command, GTC, of the Nigerian Air Force Enugu, Ibikunle Daramola, made this announcement while addressing officers at a ceremony commemorating the Base Socio-Cultural Activities (BASA), an age-old military tradition held annually to mark the conclusion of the year’s activities.
Daramola utilised the occasion to express his gratitude to the commanders, officers, airmen/airwomen, and civilian staff of the Ground Training Command and co-located units in Enugu for their contributions to the year’s success.
“There is no point in stating that we could not have reached our current heights without your individual and collective contributions. I strongly urge you to continue your efforts to ensure the safety of a united Nigeria. “We must all continue to be professional in the performance of our duties while remaining apolitical and completely committed to the safety, security, and well-being of all Nigerians,” Daramola said.
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Nigerian Air Force Appreciates Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
The Air Officer Commanding also expressed his gratitude to the Enugu State Government for its support of the Ground Training Command.
“His Excellency funded the installation of a new transformer to power the recently installed water treatment plant,” Daramola said.
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, governor of Enugu state, was represented at the event by Professor Simeon Ortuanya, secretary to the state government. He emphasised the need for Nigerians to appreciate the efforts of the military in combating insurgency.
“As we celebrate the culture of Nigeria in this laid-back atmosphere, let us not forget the incalculable contribution of our Armed Forces to upholding the national integrity of this great nation. Today, our troops are engaged in several internal security operations throughout the nation. Ugwuanyi said, “We must commend them for their commitment, dedication, and discipline in the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality in Nigeria.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their service to our country and their contributions to the preservation of peace in Enugu state, the South East, and Nigeria in general. In securing the nation’s peace, they have demonstrated exceptional loyalty, fortitude, valour, and patriotism. Their courage will continue to serve as an inspiration to us as they strive daily, despite the discomfort, to protect Nigeria and Nigerians.”
“I am aware that today’s event is a military tradition that aims to provide an opportunity for Nigerian Air Force personnel and their families to interact with the local civilian populace”
“Instances such as this afford us the chance to thank the families of our personnel for their support and attention to the home front while their loved ones serve on the frontline. “I applaud your tenacity and pray that your efforts will never be in vain,” said the governor.
“The governor pledged ongoing support for the military. Ugwuanyi stated, “On behalf of the Government and people of Enugu State, I pledge to continue supporting the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies in the performance of their duties.”
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The ceremony included the presentation of awards to deserving noncommissioned officers, the presentation of awards to the best cultural dancing troops, and the pulling of the rope by able-bodied men.
The ceremony was attended by, among others, the state commissioner of police, the state director of DSS, and the garrison commander of the 103rd battalion in Akunanaw, Enugu.