The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has called on all tiers of the government as well as the National Assembly to continue to support the nation’s security agencies to effectively perform their role of securing lives and property.
Dickson made the call during the inauguration of some projects embarked upon by the Air Force at the Mobility Command, Yenagoa, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said on Saturday.
He saluted the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force for making strategic investments aimed at improving the welfare and professionalism of its personnel in the state.
The projects are 235 Base Service Wing Complex, Medical Centre, Provost Squadron, Officers’ quarters, Joint Airmen Mess, CAWO/RSM residential complex, Airmen quarters and Commander’s residence.
Dickson expressed surprise at the level of achievements the command had recorded within a short period of its establishment.
The Governor expressed his administration’s preparedness to partner with the NAF in the area of establishing educational facilities and other critical infrastructure, assuring the Force that his government would provide additional land for the purpose.
In his remarks, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, said the projects were embarked upon to impact directly on the welfare and enhance the professional competence of its personnel.
According to him, the ultimate aim is to build a self-sustaining base to meet the residential, social and administrative needs of its personnel, through prudent use of scarce resources.
Abubakar, who expressed determination to collaborate with other security agencies to combat the security challenges facing the country, said plans were on to provide a Cancer Screening Centre in some states, including Bayelsa.
Also speaking, the Special Guest of honour, Air Vice-Marshal Larry Koinyan (retd. ), lauded the current leadership of the Nigeria Air Force for its resourcefulness at enhancing the welfare and professionalism of its personnel in spite of the funding constraints.
While charging the Armed Forces on the need to intensify efforts at safeguarding the territorial integrity of the nation, Koinyan tasked them on discipline and loyalty to the government of the day, irrespective of ethno-religious differences.
This article was first published on Punch newspaper website