by Stanley Azuakola
In exactly one month, the Nigerian Air Force will commence operations at its International Helicopter Training School located in Enugu. This much was revealed by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Umar Dikko, at the weekend, during the graduation ceremony of students of Administration, Air Police, Music, Physical Education and Regiment at 325 Ground Training Group, Nigeria Air Force in Kaduna.
Dikko, who was represented by Air Vice Marshall J.C. Ifemeje, disclosed that already, a fleet of new aircrafts have been bought to start off the school. He also said that the Air Force has secured all facilities and personnel needed for ensure a smooth take-off of the institution.
He said: “Being an international institution, a lot of resources has been put into establishing that school to train military and civilian personnel. This is a training that has been in existence. But this time, we are internationalising it by taking students from abroad.”
At the graduation ceremony, he said that the problem of inadequate instructors in the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), as pointed out by the Commander 325 BSG, would be looked into.
The Commander, 325 Ground Training Group, Air Commander Bassey Inyang, said a total of 199 persons graduated during the ceremony. He disclosed that 19 of the students did not meet minimum standards; hence they could not graduate.