The Nigerian Air Force says it has greatly cut down the cost of overseas training of its personnel in those areas in which it posses internal capacity to save scarce foreign exchange for the service and the country.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Hassan Abubakar, said this during the graduation of students of sundry military courses at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.
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The graduating students numbering 628 comprised of 37 officers and 591 airmen and airwomen including foreign personnel from the Ghana and Tanzania Air Forces.
They have undergone between six to 18 months of basic, intermediate and advance Sundry Military Courses which position them to provide technical support and to be active participants in the field in all Air Force operations
Air Marshal Abubakar, in a message to the graduating students said the Nigerian Air Force will continue to adopt cutting edge technology in solving problems in the Service and addressing security challenges.
He noted that the era of treating non-state actors with kid gloves is over hence the need for training of its personnel in all ramifications to enhance its operations.
The Nigerian Air Force said it will also partner relevant agencies in the fight against cybercrimes and conduct drug tests for all students seeking admission into any of its training institutions.
(Editor: Terverr Tyav)