The Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Logistics Command, AVM Abdulganiyu Olabisi, said this when the Pakistani Air Force Chief Marshal, Mujahid Anwar Khan, visited the Air Force Base, Ikeja on Tuesday.
Olabisi said the in-country PDM would further boost aircraft availability for the conduct of air operations, whilst enhancing the capacity of NAF engineers and technicians involved in maintenance activities.
He said it would also improve the NAF’s self-reliance and prudent management of resources.
“What is special about this PDM is that we are also building capacity of our engineers and technicians to be able to undertake the conduct of PDM in-country by ourselves.
“So that in the future, we will also be able to welcome other countries coming to do PMD in Nigeria, that is what the Pakistani Air Force is doing with us, ” he said.
He said that Pakistan was re-positioning itself in the big league of aviation industry, adding that NAF would benefit immensely from them with the partnership.
“One thing that I realised from all my visits to Pakistan is that it is repositioning or has repositioned itself to play in the big league of the aviation industry and we believe NAF can benefit immensely.
“By partnering with this country in developing our own capacity in this area,” he said.
He thanked the Pakistani Chief of Air Staff for sending high calibre manpower to support Nigeria in the PDM.
“I want to specially thank you for sending a high calibre manpower, a dedicated team of aircraft engineers and technicians to support us in our Periodic Maintenance Depot.
“These men have worked beyond the call of duty because they have not just limited themselves to PDM work, they have assisted in other maintenance work.
“Unlike others who want to keep the secret so that we keep coming back, the PAF is open, honest and sincere with us and that whatever we need to know, they will teach us,” he said.
The Pakistani Chief of Air Staff said he was glad that his men were helping to reposition NAF.
According to him, the partnership depicts sincerity of purpose.
“I am glad that my men are helping. They have taken initiatives to help rectify some other aircraft and it is sincerity of purpose, ” he said.
He also commended Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubukar, for his visionary ideas to develop NAF.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Pakistani Airforce engineers and technicians have been at the Periodic Maintenance Depot for five months. (NAN)
Edited by Folasade Adeniran/Wale Ojetimi