Authorities of the Nigeria Airforce, NAF, has donated a motorised borehole to one of its communities in Kaduna state.
Donation of the solar powered bore-hole was also part of activities marking the 51th anniversary of the Airforce.
Speaking during a brief commissioning ceremony of the only source of portable water in the community, the Air Officer Commanding, AOC, Airforce Training Command, Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal A. M Mamu said despite a court matter with the community, it was necessary to remember the people in the spirit of the anniversary celebration.
AVM Mamu who was represented on the occasion by AVM Olusoji Awomodu,
Commandant, Ground Training Centre, said, “Airforce is your friend and partner in progress, we will not only protect you, but we will give you more welfare. Our hospitals, schools and places of worship are there for you to access any time.”
Also speaking in the same vein, Commander 335 Base Services Group, Air Commodore Emmanuel Golit, stressed, “We are here as your friends, you are our tenants because you are part of us.
“It is good to make friendship, and we need to reconcile no matter any quarrel between us. We are friends; we are no longer at each other’s throat. You can always run to us when you need our help in terms of cattle rustlers, armed robbers terrorizing your community.
“We are celebrating 51th anniversary of NAF, we need to reach out to communities because you are citizens of Nigeria, we need to protect you. We are also calling on you to enroll your children into NAF, they can become engineers tomorrow by going through Airforce Institute of Technology, AFIT. As our host communities, we can concede slots to you. Even if there is land dispute, let’s settle peacefully, we don’t want to deploy soldiers to this community because of crisis between us.”
Responding, the District Head of Barka Lau, Alhaji Idris Mohammed expressed happiness to the NAF, saying that the siting of the bore-hole in the community came at the right time because it has no reliable source of drinking water over the years.
The District Head appealed to NAF to build a health centre, provide good roads and light for the community.
Also, a stakeholder in the community, Brigadier-General Mohammed Galadanci (retd) called on the people of the community to be religious tolerant as well as be their brothers’ keepers, irrespective of tribe, religion and political affiliation.

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