The newly commissioned Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officers of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Regular Course 66 have been charged to be diligent, committed and resolute in the discharge of their military duties and responsibilities to the Nation.
The charge was given Monday, by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin, who represented the President Muhammadu Buhari, as the Special Guest of Honour, at the commissioning/piping and oath taking ceremony of the 111 graduating NAF cadets at the NAF Base, Kaduna.
Congratulating the NAF cadets, who were commissioned into the rank of Pilot Officer, the SGOH reminded them of the challenging but rewarding nature of the military career, noting that with the quality of training they had received, they would be able to cope with the demanding tasks ahead.
While challenging them to brace up for the rigours of military service, the CDS reminded the young officers that they were being commissioned at a time when the country is tackling various security challenges such as terrorism, insurgency, kidnapping, armed banditry, communal clashes, cultism, militancy as well as herdsmen-farmers clashes.
Furthermore, he reminded the newly commissioned officers that, as young commanders, they would be entrusted with the responsibility of human and material resource management and would therefore be required to remain fair and mindful of their integrity.
He equally urged them to imbibe and uphold the ethics of the military profession which include discipline, loyalty and hard work. “You should also be firm and resolute in ensuring that the right things are done while eschewing what is wrong”.
The SGOH commended the NAF for working assiduously to checkmate the security challenges facing the Nation, noting with emphasis the efforts of NAF pilots who have continued to bomb centres of gravity and hideouts of insurgents and criminal elements.
While congratulating officers who distinguished themselves during the Course, the CDS charged award winners to see the awards as an incentive towards excellence and enhancing their confidence towards effective service delivery.
Speaking further, the CDS commended the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, for providing inspirational leadership for the NAF.
Highlights of the commissioning ceremony included the presentation of NDA rings and conferment of Presidential Commission on the officers as well as the unveiling of ranks of the newly commissioned officers by their family members and friends.
The SGOH also administered the Oath of Allegiance and presented Presidential Parchment of Commission to all the 111 new Pilot Officers, which included 7 female officers.
Awards were also presented to officers who distinguished themselves on the course, with Flight Cadet (now Pilot Officer) Ja’afar Abdulkadir clinching the C-in-C’s award for emerging as overall best graduating cadet.
It is pertinent to note that under the current arrangement, NAF Regular cadets spend their final year of training at the MTC and are given basic specialist training in their various allotted Air Force Specialties. This is to prepare them for prompt deployment, upon commissioning, to serve in various capacities commensurate to the training they have received.