Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, on Tuesday, laid the foundation for the construction of an aircraft maintenance hangar at the Nigerian Air Force Special Operations Command in the state.
Sitting on a plot of land donated by the state government straddling the NAF Base and the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi, the aircraft maintenance hangar, when completed, would not only serve the NAF and the aviation industry nationwide but would also drastically reduce the timeframe for turnaround maintenance of NAF platforms.
At the event, Mohammed pledged the state government’s support to ensure the completion of the project, adding that his government would connect the base to the national grid for adequate power supply.
He said, “I wish to apologise on behalf of the past and the present administrations for not connecting this base to the national grid. But I want to assure you that within a short time, my administration will connect the entire base to the national grid to enhance power supply.”
“This hangar will no doubt support the various NAF operations in the entire north and also strengthen internal security in Bauchi State,” the governor added.
Also at the event were the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who said the construction of the hangar would help in the fight against terrorism and banditry in the state.
Abubakar said, “By its strategic location, Bauchi provides our aircraft with the reach required to adequately respond and provide our troops fighting insurgency, terrorism, and banditry in the northeast as well as in the northcentral.
“The construction of the aircraft maintenance hanger will add significant value to the efforts at tackling the current and emerging security situation and challenges affecting our country.
“The downtime for aircraft maintenance will not only be greatly reduced, but precious flying time used to ferry aircraft to other bases will be preserved.”
The CAS noted that the role of the Special Operations Command located in Bauchi is very crucial to Nigerian Air Force operations, adding that the hangar when completed would accommodate up to 10 aircraft.