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
“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