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NAF destroys terrorists’ training facility in Borno

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) training camp near Mallam Fatori on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information confirmed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Daramola said the training facility was destroyed by the Air Task Force (ATF) of the Operation Lafiya Dole.

He explained that the operation was executed based on credible intelligence reports and confirmatory Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

Daramola said the ISR identified a building on one of the Lake Chad islands that was being used by the terrorists as a facility to indoctrinate and train new fighters.

“The ATF therefore dispatched its aircraft to attack the location, which upon arrival over the target area observed significant activity of the terrorists.

“The attack aircraft scored devastating hits on the building completely destroying it and neutralizing the ISWAP occupants.

“The few other fighters seen fleeing the location were mopped-up by follow-on attacks,” he said.

The spokesman said the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its operations against the terrorists in the North East.
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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Over 110 Hand sanitisers production Coys registered in Nigeria- NAFDAC

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says over 110 hand sanitisers production companies are currently operating in Nigeria following the advent of COVID-19 pandemic.

Its Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made this known on Wednesday during a virtual meeting organised by the Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre.

The focus was: “LBS Sustainability Centre: COVID-19 in Africa and the Impact on Medical Products and Technologies: What We Know and What We should Be Doing.”

Adeyeye said when the pandemic started, it was a wild wind for the regulatory agency, because they were caught by surprise and everything stopped as they had to focus on COVID-19 pandemic.

She said: “There was complete lockdown in selected states of Lagos, Ogun and FCT; so, we had to quickly start using adaptive regulatory activities with only essential workers.

“There were too many things happening at the same time, but we had to expedite approval processes.

“We actually cut it down to 10 days instead of months that we had before.

“For alcohol-based hand sanitisers, there was intensification of submissions and approvals.

In January 2020, we had about 21 hand sanitising companies in Nigeria before COVID-19, now we have over 110 hand sanitising companies registered in our data base.’’

According to her, 55 brands of hand sanitisers were issued emergency approval for use during the four weeks COVID-19 countrywide lockdown.

Adeyeye said that expedited approvals were being given, and NAFDAC could not inspect the sites because of lockdown, and because it was just at the beginning of the pandemic.

“We weren’t even prepared to get all the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed.

“However, we went into the market on surveillance, we had to go to open markets.

We started in Lagos, then spread across the country, because with the pandemic came unregistered hand sanitisers, falsified hand sanitisers.

“But, we did our due diligence in terms of both market surveillance which included mopping of many sanitisers from the market, doing laboratory testing to know the level of alcohol.

“There were some that had low levels of alcohol, and we mopped them from the market,’’ the NAFDAC director-general said.


Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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NAF again makes history, records 1st all-female crew on operational mission

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), again, made history with the conduct of an operational Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission by an all-female crew.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Daramola said the mission, which was conducted on May 28 using the NAF Beechcraft KingAir ISR aircraft, had Flying Officers, Oluwabunmi Ijelu and Genevieve Nwaogwugwu as Captain and Co-Pilot, respectively.

He said on the mission, were also Sergeant Njoku Patience as the Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) mission operator and Lance Corporal Shawulu Godiya as the on-board technician.

“It is noteworthy that Flying Officer Ijelu is the first female officer to become a Captain on a NAF aircraft.

“The aircraft was also marshaled by a female Marshaller, Aircraft woman David Precious.

“The mission, which was preceded by the customary pre-flight briefing, originated from the 307 Executive Airlift Group (307 EAG), at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport and covered selected areas of interest in Niger State and its environs, where intelligence that would support NAF air interdiction missions as well as the operations of ground forces was gathered.”

Daramola said the Commander 307 EAG, Air Commodore Francis Edosa, while welcoming the all-female crew from the mission, applauded them for displaying a high level of professionalism.

Edosa said that the feat was only made possible as a result of the commitment of Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to providing a level playing field for all personnel, whether male or female, to thrive and realise their dreams and aspirations in service to the Nation.

This, Edosa said, had translated into tangible positive results.

He thanked the CAS for giving the female personnel the opportunity to prove their worth in hitherto male-dominated specialties in the NAF.

Daramola said that within the past 4 and half years of the current NAF leadership, there has been a surge in the involvement of female personnel in areas that were previously the preserve of men.

He noted that five female pilots have been winged within the period, bringing the total number of female pilots in the NAF to 7.

Daramola said many other female officers and airwomen were also excelling in their various fields of specialisation including Regiment and Special Forces, Aircraft/Armament Engineers and Technicians as well as Air Traffic Controllers, amongst others.

He said the NAF’s objective in this regard was to maximise all of the potentials of Nigeria’s vast human resource pool, male and female, to ensure the effective, efficient and timely employment of Air Power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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CAS  inaugurates accommodation complex for NAF in Imo 

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Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has inaugurated a Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) accommodation complex for the 211 quick response group of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

The CAS represented by Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command,  Air Vice Marshal Charles Ohwo, inaugurated the 18-room block in Ngor-okpala Local Government Area of Imo on Tuesday.

 Abubakar said the complex was a demonstration of  NAF’s resolve to achieve the principal objectives and tasks of the 211 quick response group.

He also said that decent living conditions were imperative to aid officers in the discharge of their constitutional duties.

The CAS added that the complex which was sited close to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport would further ensure security of passengers and staff of the airport.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his unalloyed support to the NAF and pledged continued commitment to the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

He also thanked Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo,  for creating the enabling environment for the operational activities of the NAF in the state while assuring the governor of continued synergy for the overall interest of Imo citizens.

 “I have no doubt that the 211 quick response group has contributed a lot in the fight against various forms of criminality bedevilling the state.

 “I must thank president Buhari for his unalloyed support in equipping the NAF and I pledge our continued commitment to the discharge of our constitutional responsibilities.

 “I also thank Gov Uzodinma and the good people of Imo for the good working environment . I urge the residents to remain law abiding and assure you of improved security of lives and property,”  he said.

 Earlier in a welcome address, the commander, 211 Quick Response group, Owerri, Grp. Capt. Elisha Bindul, said provision of the complex was part of efforts to enhance the collective operational capacity of the NAF in Imo.

He thanked the CAS for his support which he described as “quintessential” in containing incidences of insecurity.

He however, assured the government and people of the state of NAF’s commitment to the welfare of its personnel saddled with the responsibility of combating criminality in Imo and the southeast at large.

“It is imperative to note that decent accommodation is necessary for improved output and we thank you sir for your quintessential support.

“It is indicative of the bold efforts of the NAF to expand and cater for the welfare of its personnel.

” The accommodation will motivate the personnel to put in their best for the enhancement of our operational capacity and  for the attainment of the Nigerian air force objective.

 ” I assure you of our commitment to provision of support to the civil authorities in the fight against criminality in Imo and the southeast at large,”  he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was witnessed by the Commander,  34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army,  Obinze, Owerri,  Brig. Gen. Yusuf Tukura and  some management staff  of the Sam Mbakwe Airport.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

 

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NAF trains flight nurses, aircrew for Aeromedical evacuation

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has trained another batch of flight nurses and aircrew for aeromedical evacuation of critical patients.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Daramola said it was in continuation of efforts to further boost the capacity of personnel for effective and efficient conduct of Aeromedical Evacuation missions.

According to him, the mission is to airlift wounded soldiers from various theatres of operation and other critical patients to appropriate treatment facilities.

He said the graduation of the 20 nurses and four loadmasters took place on Friday at the NAF Base, Kaduna, after two weeks of intensive training.

He said that the training involved theoretical and practical sessions at the NAF School of Medical Sciences and Aviation Medicine (NAFSMSAM), Kaduna and simulation using the C-130H aircraft, configured for Aeromedical Evacuation.

Daramola said that specific areas covered during the two-week training include; Aerospace Physiology, Crew Resource Management, Aircrew Complements and Duties.

Others are, Enplaning and Deplaning Procedures, Infection Control in Aviation, In-flight Patients Care and Aviation Safety.

The NAF spokesperson also said that graduation ceremony featured  demonstration where participants and crew of the force C-130H aircraft simulated the care and management of in-flight patients.

AVM Musa Mukhtar, the Air Officer Commanding, Air Training Command (AOC ATC), who spoke during the ceremony expressed satisfaction with the well-executed simulation exercise.

Mukhtar said the event was in line with the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar focus on “human capacity development through robust and result-oriented training for enhanced professional performance”.

He said that the participants had undoubtedly benefited from the training.

He, therefore, advised them to make good use of what they had learnt to add value to operations as they return to their various units.

The air officer commanding stressed that personnel must also be ready to put their new skills to test in providing services to the Nation through evacuation of critically ill patients.

He commended the NAF Medical Services branch for the steps it took to upgrade the skills of its personnel to meet current and emergency healthcare challenges.

Daramola said the high points of the ceremony was the elaborate simulation, which showcased the skills acquired by the participants in evacuating critical patients.

They demonstrated the evacuation of COVID-19 patients, from originating medical facility to a destination medical facility.

Daramola added that the graduation brought to 40 the number of NAF personnel trained for the Aeromedical Evacuation of critical case patients, using the C-130H aircraft, with 16 trained just over a month ago.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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COVID-19: NAF unveils locally produced emergency ventilators

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Wednesday unveiled emergency ventilators produced by its researchers to support government on the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

The Chief of Air, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, who unveiled the ventilators in Kaduna, said it had undergone clinical trials using dogs and pigs to determine its efficacy.

He said tht a team of NAF personnel and researchers from partner institutions commenced work on developing the NAF emergency ventilators in April.

”Within three weeks, two prototypes were developed and I was in Kaduna to witness the demonstration.

“Having seen the progress made, it became necessary for the prototypes to undergo animal testing to ascertain its capacity for use on patients with respiratory illness.

Accordingly, the Nigerian Air Force partnered with the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to test the effectiveness of the ventilator using both dog and pig models.

“The objective of the animal testing was to demonstrate the capacity of the NAF Emergency Ventilator to ventilate patients with respiratory disease including Acute Lungs injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.”

Abubakar added that the test was also necessary to validate the efficacy of Assist Ventilation Mode where the ventilator detects a breath from a patient and synchronizes the equipment with the breath of the patient being treated.

“I am glad to note that the test was successfully completed and the equipment is certified fit for use.”

The News Agency of Nigeria report that the Air Chief was represented at the event by NAF Chief of Standard and Evaluation, AVM Remiguis Ekeh.

Abubakar noted that the devastating effect of the COVID-19 required ingenious and proactive steps to protect lives and avert any form of national tragedy.

He stated that NAF had hitherto embarked on mass production of face masks and Personal Protective Equipment as well as the provision of Liquid Oxygen to designated hospitals and isolation centres across the country.

The Nigerian Air Force has equally continued to provide airlift for personnel of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and medical equipment whenever our services were required.

The NAF has also conducted the Introductory Flight Nursing Training, which provides the capacity to conduct medical evacuation of COVID-19 patients.”

According to him, all the efforts as well as several other initiatives were aimed at adequately preparing the NAF  to provide the required support for the Federal and state governments in the battle against COVID-19.

The Nigerian Air Force has continued to vigorously pursue a robust and result-oriented research and development policy with emphasis on the provision of indigenous technological solutions.”

The Air Chief also disclosed that NAF had engaged in strategic partnerships with some Ministries, Departments and Agencies to reduce dependence on foreign equipment, adding that “the efforts have yielded results and positively impacted our operations.”

Abubakar appreciated the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari for the support and encouragement to the NAF.

Earlier, Chief of Standard and Evaluation, AVM Remiguis Ekeh said NAF has made giant strides in the area of Research and Development under the sterling leadership of the Chief of Air Staff.

Ekeh said by investing in high quality training of personnel, innovative approach to issues and encouraging out- of-the-box thinking, a lot of solutions to operational challenges in the NAF have been locally developed through Research and Development, thereby saving huge resources.

“This event today is a testament of the collaborative efforts of Nigerian Air Force researchers and our technical partners from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,” he said.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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NAF renews loyalty to President Buhari

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq, has renewed the loyalty and support of the Nigerian Air aforce to the Commander-In-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sadiq gave the assurance at the Chief of the Air Force Eid-el-Fitr Luncheon organised with troops in the North East on Monday in Yola.

Represented by Air Commodore Muhammed Yusuf, Commander 153 Base Services Group, Yola, Sadiq said that the get together was a tradition to bring the Air personnel in the region together.

”Let me assure our loyalty to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his constant support to the Nigeria Air Forces.

”The get together is a tradition being organised by the Nigeria Air Force to facilitate the front Air personnel in the North East region during festivity.

”And the Nigeria Air Force is committed to ensure our country is safe and people can go to their normal activities,” Sadiq said.

He added that the Nigeria Air Force base in Yola would continue to play a vital role in the fight against insurgency in the north east.

He equally assured the people of Adamawa in particular and the entire region the utmost best of the Air Force to protect them from dreaded insurgents and other crimes.

Host Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa appreciated the Nigeria Air Force’s role in fight against COVID-19 in the state.

Fintiri, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Maxwell Gidado, recalled that before the opening of COVID-19 test centre in Yola, the state government relied on Nigeria Air Force to carry samples of suspected Corona patients to Abuja for the test.

”The Nigeria Air Force had also rendered social services to our people which include education and healthcare services,” the governor acknowledged.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: NAF produces ventilators to support fight against pandemic

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The Nigerian Airforce (NAF) has produced locally-made ventilators as its contribution to national efforts towards fighting the novel coronavirus disease.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal (AM) Sadique Abubakar, announced this during Eid-el-Fitri lunch with troops of the Air Component of “Operation Lafiya Dole” at the Airforce Base in Maiduguri on Monday.

Abubakar said that the locally-made ventilator was a product of research development programme by the Nigerian Airforce in partnership with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He said that the ventilators would be commissioned on May 27.

He explained that as part of the measures to combat the pandemic, NAF had distributed reusable face mask to all its personnel while PPE and ventilators were provided at the Nigerian Airforce Hospitals in Maiduguri.

“I wish to remind us of the need to maintain continues vigilance and ensure strict adherence to necessary guidelines and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19,’’ he said.

The CAS said that despite the challenges of competing resources, occasioned by the COVID-19 induced lockdown, NAF has maintained the tempo of its operations, not only in the North East, but other parts of the country.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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NAF trains 94 Special Forces, 35 personnel in RTC Bauchi – Air Chief

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Katsina, 25, May 2020 The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal (AM) Sadique Abubakar said that 94 Special Forces (SF) and 35 personnel had been trained at the Air Force Regimental Training Centre (RTC) Annex, Bauchi.

Abubakar said this over Eid el-Fitr lunch with troops of the Air Component, “Operation Hadarin Daji” at the 213 forward operation base in Katsina on Monday.

He explained that the gesture was in line with his vision to build capacity for the service with a view to tackling the present security challenges as well as the emerging ones in the country.

“In the past four and the half years, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken giant strides by inducting new platforms and reactivating grounded ones.

“The service has also trained many pilots, engineers, technicians, more especially the Regiment Specialty and SF personnel,” he said.

The Air Chief said that he was happy to be in Katsina to wine and dine with the troops on the occasion of Eid el Fitr in the mission area.

Abubakar said that the gesture had become the tradition since he assumed office as Air Chief in order to further strengthen the affinity and oneness in the NAF family.

He charged officers and men of the service to take responsibility against COVID-19,  advising that face masks should be worn at all times while personnel should maintain physical distancing at public gatherings.

The Air Chief thanked Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari and the people of the state for their support to NAF since the establishment of the 213 Forward Operating Base in the state.

In a remark, Wing Commander Bashir Abubakar, the Commander of the base, thanked the chief of air staff, the state’s governor, and people of the state for their tremendous support to the unit and troops deployed to fight bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, and armed robbers in the area.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Palestinian workers prepare desserts “Konafa” at restaurant in Gaza City

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A Palestinian worker prepares a dessert “Konafa” at a restaurant in Gaza City, on May 20, 2020. Konafa is a traditional dessert served during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua)

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