By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA: In a bid to improve personnel fitness for effective performance, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Saturday held its 2019 Second Quarter Route March Exercise.
The aim of the exercise, is to keep officers and men of the Service physically and mentally fit for the effective performance of their various duties towards fulfilling NAF’s constitutional roles.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, charged personnel on the need to continually engage in fitness activities, so as to ensure their effectiveness in the discharge of their constitutional duties.
The Exercise, which also held in NAF Units across the country, was led by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi, who represented the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at the event.
While speaking at the end of the Exercise, the representative of the CAS commended personnel for demonstrating high level of physical fitness, stating that officers and men of the NAF have proved beyond reasonable doubt that they are willing, able and ready to serve the nation and defend its territorial integrity.
He urged the personnel to sustain the military culture of regular exercise in order to maintain their personal physical fitness to enable them carry out assigned tasks and perform their jobs more efficiently.
According to him, “The aim is to ensure that we have agile, physically fit and combat ready officers and men to perform their various duties.
“As exhibited by all of you this morning, we can all attest to the fact that the excercise has been very successful and this goes to demonstrate the high standard of physical fitness and mental agility that is in the Nigerian Air Force”, he said.
The National Youth Service Corps members serving with the NAF as well as journalists also participated in the 10km march, which kicked off from Mogadishu Military Cantonment to Niger Barracks and back.