Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu has challenged eleven newly graduated pilots to be ready to join in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in North-East Nigeria.
Amosu stressed that the young pilots should be prepared for the huge task of fitting into the ongoing air operation at the terror zone areas, stressing that they should not rest on their oars by assuming they have arrived, saying, “Flying operations involve a lot of discipline, hard work and diligence for you to succeed.”
The Air Chief handed the challenge yesterday during the induction of 11 new Pilots with their ‘Wings’ after completion of flight training within Nigeria and abroad.
The new pilots are made up of 3 Group Captains, one Wing Commander, one Squadron Leader and 6 Flying Officers. They are Group Captains Micheal Ekueme, Essien Effanga and Olayinka Oyesola; Wing Commander Dan Apyeyak, Sqr. Ldr Uchenna Ihediwa, Flying Officer Babatunde Balogun and Flying Officer Mohammed Ndakun. Others are Flying Officers Kabiru Gwandu, Jude Nwaedozie, Tobenna Makata and M. Abdulhameed.
Air Marshal Amosu said the young officers were being inducted as pilots at period NAF platforms were being reactivated and new ones acquired, noting “you must therefore key into the developmental strides of the service and be ready for duty whenever it calls.”
He boasted that pilot training and general training is one of his key visions, and that he will spare no effort in ensuring NAF personnel are well trained to carry out their constitutional duties. “For now we have 32 Student pilots in various flying institutions in Nigeria and USA who expectedly would be winged before the end of the year.”
Speaking on Boko Haram insurgency, Amosu said, “As you are aware, the Nigeria Air Force has done creditably well in discharging her duty at the ongoing operation Zaman Lafiya in the North East. The crops of pilots undertaking daring mission in the midst of real danger are testimonies of the qualities of training provided by the NAF. My administration deliberately focused on training and re-training of our personnel in order to bequeath to the NAF, a cream of well trained personnel that are combat ready and meet international standards.”
Earlier, Director of Training, NAF, AVM Emeka Okoye recalled that 15 pilots who graduated from pilot training from FSI, Vance AFB USA and IAC Ilorin were winged on the 15th of April.

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