The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has established the 205 Combat and Search and Rescue Unit in Plateau, to better secure the state and the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made this known on Tuesday at the ground-breaking ceremony of the unit at Kerang in Mangu Local Government of the state.
Abubakar said that the unit was one of the nine under the newly established NAF Special Operations Command in Bauchi.
The Air Force boss said that the unit would shorten response time and also improve turn-around time for troops providing search and rescue efforts to citizens in distress.
He added that the initiative would better re-position the NAF for effective service delivery.
According to him, the unit will have medical facilities and educational institutions for the personnel, host community and other Nigerians.
Abubakar said that highly professional and skilled personnel would provide security and other services to ensure that the people of the area wentabout their businesses without hindrance.
The Chief of Air Staff thanked the Plateau Government and the people of the state for their continuous support which, he said, had helped NAF operations in the state.
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for creating the enabling environment for NAF to function effectively.
Abubakar pledged that the Air Force would collaborate with other security agencies to secure the country from any form of aggression.
Gov. Simon Lalong, in his remarks, said it had become more evident that the Federal Government was determined to ensure peaceful co-existence of all the citizenry and prosperity of Nigeria.
Lalong said that the importance of the event would remain indelible in the hearts of Nigerians and Plateau people in particular.
He said that that proactive response of the armed forces to violent conflicts was commendable, adding that the defeat of the insurgents had begun to bear fruits.
He urged all Nigerians to work towards at consolidating the efforts of the Federal Government in bringing the insurgency to an end, so that peace, security and economic growth and development would thrive.
“As we celebrate today’s milestone achievement, we must not forget those members of the armed forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the unity, peace and security we enjoy today.
“I appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari, who, in spite of the current economic realities, has been very supportive in enhancing the operational readiness and welfare of the armed forces.”
Air Commodore Augustine Vunombagia, Commander of the 205 Combat and Search and Rescue Unit, gave an assurance that the personnel of the unit would live harmoniously with the people of Kerang and Plateau in general.
Vonombagia thanked Lalong for his generosity to NAF and the Chief of Air Staff for the initiatives he had introduced to the service to make it stand out among its peers.