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Niger welcomes establishment of helicopter maintenance facility

12 January 2016, 18:54Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The helicopter maintenance hanger the  Air Force (NAF) has completed for the military is poised to make the country a maintenance hub in the region.

The facility has been established in Minna, the capital of Niger State.

The launch was announced when Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique, received Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in the former's office at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja.

Sadique said the hanger was set to become a regional hub for helicopter maintenance in partnership with the state government and other stakeholders.

“We have a hanger that we have constructed already, which we hope will turn out to be a big maintenance centre for helicopters not only for the NAF, but other air forces in West Africa," Sadique said.

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NAF has completed the hanger and built an administrative block with the aim to make it a maintenance workshop for the helicopters.

"We are working towards actualising that not only with other partners but also with the Niger state government as well the Americans," Adique said.

He meanwhile said that the NAF was doing its possible best to ensure that security was maintained and sustained in the state through the presence of personnel, facilities and formations.

The Chief of Air Staff added NAF was looking at the possibility of enhancing their operations in Minna.

Governor Sani Bello expressed the wiliness of his administration to partner with the air force in the area of capacity building and security particularly around the Minna Air Port.

He expressed hope the establishment of the helicopter hanger maintenance centre would strengthen the security of the state and boost its economy.

- CAJ News


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