Nigeria Air and its skirmish return

Nigeria Air and its skirmish return

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The month of July 2018 was filled with so much praise for the President Buhari led administration has the administration did the “unbelievable” by launching Nigeria Airline. However, the joy never lasted has the whole thing was cancelled.

The government maintained that they have to sort out some primary debts owed by the previous administration before furthering the whole process. Would they ever return the said joy or not? That’s left for the government to answer and handle as well.

In a similar and recent news, the United States of America (USA) Government reiterated its support to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in combating the emerging security threats in the country. The statement which was made public last Wednesday by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said the Adjutant General California National Guard, Maj.-Gen. David Baldwin gave the assurance during a visit to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar in Abuja.

Daramola said the visit was undertaken in furtherance of USA-Nigeria Military-to-Military relations and the State of California Partnership Programme with Nigeria, which has been in existence since 2006, the News of Agency of Nigeria reports.

Baldwin reiterated the commitment of the U.S. Military towards strengthening the existing partnership as well as in ensuring the efficient execution of the contract between the Governments of Nigeria and the USA for the delivery of 12 Super Tucano aircraft to the NAF.

As partners, Nigeria and the California National Guard have had over 100 Military-to-Military bilateral engagements. These include Military Intelligence, Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Training, Combat Medic, Military Aviation as well as Military Law and Disaster Response/Emergency Management.

He said the U.S. Military would also collaborate with the NAF in the areas of Air-Ground Integration, intelligence gathering and sharing, pilot training as well as capacity development for cyber warfare, amongst others.

In his response, Abubakar thanked the Adjutant General for the assurances given and the assistance rendered by the US Military to Nigeria over the years.

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