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Nigerian Army gets first aircraft hangar in Jaji

The Nigerian Army has established the first aircraft hangar for its Aviation unit at the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State as part of the continuous effort to run a viable aviation unit.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, while inaugurating the hangar on Thursday, said the hangar was the first of its kind to be established by the army in Nigeria.

Buratai said the second hangar was underway at the Army Barracks in Bama, Borno State, adding that the army was committed to developing its air capacity.

He also disclosed that the aviation hangar project was provided for in the 2018 budget and fully implemented accordingly.

“The army is yet to have the platforms but we will continue to pursue through the appropriate superior authority for us to see to the realisation of this dream.

“Today, we are taking advantage of this runway to have the first location of the Nigerian Army aviation formation.

“This location is one of the deployments that we intend to have for the Nigerian army aviation brigade.

“The project that you have just seen has been captured in the 2018 budget and we are happy it has been fully executed,’’ he said.

The Chief of Army Staff said: “This is the right step toward the realisation of the aim of having the Nigerian army aviation.

“This is not the only one, there is another one which the contract has been awarded and the project will soon commence at the Nigerian Army Barracks in Bama in Borno.

“That one includes the runway as well as the hanger for the army aviation.

“Knowing the strategic importance of the Northeast especially the location of Bama, to have an army aviation unit is very crucial.”

Buratai commended the coordinator of the unit and the contractor for the project.

Earlier, the Coordinator of Nigerian Army Aviation, Maj.-Gen. A.A Adoba, said the aviation hangar project was one of the major milestones of the strategic development plans of the army aviation.

Adoba said the training of the pilots, engineers, technicians and other ground support crews had since been concluded.

He commended Buratai for his commitment toward providing the necessary support required for the development of the aviation wing.

According to him, the Nigerian army aviation is key to the achievement of the vision which is to have a professional responsive army in the discharge of their constitutional roles.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.