Nigerian Air Force, has partner in the
area of Information Communication
Technology ICT, to play a crucial role
in the fight against the activities of Boko
Haram insurgency in the North-Eastern
part of the country.
The minister of communications,
Barrister Adebayo Shittu , who stated
this in a statement signed by the Head,
of Media, Mr. Henshaw Ogubike and
issued yesterday , noted solicited the
partnership when he paid a courtesy
visit to the Chief of the Air Staff COAS,
Air Marshall Sadique Baba Abubakar,
whom he described as a seasoned
professional recently in Abuja.
Shittu said the spirit of collaboration
and partnership would require
professionals in technology/ICT which
would ensure security if properly
harnessed or deployed, stating that ICT
is one of the enablers that helped the Air
Force to fight and defeat Boko Haram
in line with the present administration
Change Agenda.
He highlighted some of his Ministry’s
achievements to include the partnership
between NigComSat and the Air Force
in the picking of signals in the airspace,
Galaxy Backbone establishment of
adequate network in the Air Force
operation, Smart Cities Initiatives,
and the proposed establishment of
ICT University that would produce
specialized skill manpower in
technology. The Honourable Minister
also stated several other Reforms that
are taking place in the NIPOST such as
proposed NIPOST Bank or Post bank
that would be established in the rural
areas for easy access to financial services,
NIPOST e-commerce and NIPOST
Transport Services, NIPOST building
and property development company.
In his response, the Chief of Air Staff
COAS, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique
said he was delighted and honoured by
the visit of the Honourable Minister and
also thanked him for finding time out of
his tight schedule to pay him a visit.
He commended the Minister for
the good job he is doing in reforming
the telecom industry and using ICT in
reviving the economy of the country and
also using the agencies under his ministry
to improve the work environment. He
added that Air Force was able to achieve
their current operations because of the
enabling environment created by the
Federal Government.
Abubakar said that the role of ICT is
critical in the Air Force operations not
only in the fight against Boko Haram in
the North-East, but also deployed in its
operations in the South-South and South-
West; and during the Gambia political
upheaval, the Nigerian Air Force was
the first to land its fighter jets in the effort
to restore peace in that country. The Air
Chief said he was in a total agreement
with the Honourable Minister’s
proposal for their collaboration and
partnership.

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