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NAF COMMISSIONS ACCOMMODATION FOR AIRMEN/AIRWOMEN IN NAF BASE BENIN

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on 13 November 2017, commissioned 2 blocks of 15 x 1 residential accommodation at 107 Air Maritime Group (AMG) on NAF Base Benin. The new blocks, which would accommodate 120 airmen/airwomen, were specifically built to serve as transit accommodation for newly enlisted Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) posted into the Unit after having just completed their basic military training. The new NCOs would live in the transit accommodation for a while before being later allocated the usual accommodation for airmen/airwomen. The new buildings were commissioned by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was ably represented by the Chief of Administration at NAF Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao.

In his speech at the occasion, the representative of the CAS acknowledged the contributions of the Unit to the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the Northeast through the conduct of timely Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions and other air operations. He then reiterated the commitment of the NAF to ensuring that its personnel are properly accommodated. Air Marshal Abubakar also thanked the President and Commander-in-Chief for providing the enabling environment and the resources to build the accommodation, as part of efforts to meet the welfare needs of members of the Armed Forces. He further stated that efforts would continue towards the provision of befitting accommodation for personnel until all the associated challenges are eliminated.

In his welcome address, the Commander of 107 AMG Benin, Air Commodore Emmanuel Shobande noted that the CAS was in Benin barely 10 months ago to commission a block of 30 x 2-bedroom residential accommodation for airmen/airwomen. Furthermore, another block of 30 1-bedroom accommodation, for Corporals and below of NAF Base Benin, was at the verge of completion while the construction of the 10 x 1 Single Officers’ Quarters that had just begun in the Unit. The foregoing, according to Air Commodore Shobande, attested to the apparent commitment of the current NAF leadership to meeting the welfare needs of the personnel in Benin. Accordingly, he promised that the Unit would continue to work assiduously towards accomplishment of the NAF Mission statement and the realization of the CAS Vision for the NAF.

During the commissioning ceremony, keys were distributed to enable beneficiaries immediately occupy the already furnished accommodation. The commissioning of the new buildings brings to an end, the perennial accommodation shortage usually experienced by fresh NCOs posted to 107 AMG Benin. The current NAF leadership recognizes the nexus between personnel welfare and operational effectiveness and hence, the premium placed on the provision of accommodation and other welfare needs of personnel in all NAF Bases across the country.

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