As part of the efforts to tackle insurgency, the Nasarawa State Government has allocated about 100 hectares of land for the establishment of a new base for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.
Daramola that the Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura, announced the donation during his visit to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in his Office at the NAF Headquarters.
Al-Malkura’s visit to the headquarter of the force is a followup to the recent visits made by the CAS to Nasarawa State.
The visits came at the time that the State was beset with security challenges.
In his remark during his visit to the CAS, the governor advocated that, in the immediate term, a NAF Base could be established close to the new Lafia Cargo Airport, which he said was under construction and at about 80 per cent completion.
Al – Makura commended the NAF for its efforts in checkmating security challenges in the state and other restive areas in the country,
While Abubakar expressed appreciation to the government and the people of Nasarawa for their continued support and collaboration with the force in fighting insurgency out of the country.
He informed the governor that the NAF would continue to build capacity for more effective and efficient operations to enhance the national security architecture by bringing security closer to the people.
In his words, Abubakar said; “The NAF is no longer about Air Power projection alone.
” We have also developed the capacity for force protection, which has also enhanced our internal security operations capability in order to better protect Nigeria and Nigerians,” he said.