The Enugu State Governor, His Excellency, Right Honorable Doctor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Friday 14 July 2017 assured the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) that his administration would give maximum support to ensure the smooth take-off of the newly established NAF Ground Training Command (GTC), with Headquarters in Enugu. This assurance was given when the pioneer Air Officer Commanding (AOC) GTC Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Samson Akpasa paid a courtesy call on the Governor at the Government House Enugu. Governor Ugwuanyi welcomed and congratulated AVM Akpasa on his appointment as the pioneer AOC GTC. He added that Enugu State was indeed pleased and privileged to host the new NAF Command. He went further to state that his government had always enjoyed a cordial working relationship with security agencies in the State, particularly the NAF, and that the State Government would not relent in its efforts in that regard.
Earlier in his address, AVM Samson Akpasa informed Governor Ugwuanyi that the present security architecture of the country led to the restructuring of the NAF, with the GTC emerging as a byproduct of that exercise. He added that the location of the new NAF Command in Enugu would go a long a way in enhancing security in the State, aside from the potential economic benefits to Enugu State citizens. He also expressed the readiness of the Command to work harmoniously with the State Government in the discharge of its responsibilities.
It may be recalled that the NAF recently embarked on a restructuring exercise to further enhance the effective, efficient and timely projection of air power by the Service. The exercise resulted in the establishment of 2 new Commands namely Air Training Command (ATC), with Headquarters in Kaduna, and Ground Training Command (GTC), with Headquarters in Enugu. The two new Commands were excised from the now defunct Training Command Kaduna thereby bringing the total number of Commands in the NAF to six. While the ATC will be responsible for the implementation of policies on local flying and air operations training, the GTC will be responsible for the implementation of policies on local ground training. AVM Akpasa, a seasoned pilot, and administrator was accompanied on the visit by NAF Commanders and other senior NAF officers in Enugu State.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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