IT was a harvest of joy for the rural dwellers of Gabon community, a farm settlement located a few kilometers from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, when a team of medical experts from the Nigerian Air Force,NAF, commenced it’s two day medical outreach in the area.
The medical outreach which is in line with Air Force tradition of ensuring cordial relationship with its host communities across the country was initiated as a precursor to the ground breaking ceremony of the Ground Training Command, GTC, of the force, near the community.
Speaking at the flag off of the medical outreach, the Air Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command, Air Vice Marshal S.O Akpasa, stated that “the force takes pride in fostering good relationship with people and our host communities wherever we are”.
According to Akpasa who was represented at the event by Air Commodore Abdulahi Kassimu, ” since we will be setting up the Ground Training Command here in a few days time, it is thought that we enlighten them to know that we mean well. That we have not come to eject them but to foster good community relationship,” he said.
In his reaction, the leader of the community, Igwe Okechukwu Johnson thanked the Nigerian Air Force for bringing the medical outreach to his people stating that the peaceful relationship between the community and the Air Force can only get stronger.
“I feel good. I pray that God blesses the Nigerian Air Force,” he prayed.
In an earlier statement, the Command Public Relations Officer [CPRO], Wing Commander Rose Bello, stated that “associated with the establishment of the Ground Training Command, GTC, is the need to build a befitting office and residential accommodation for the smooth operation of the command.
Bello noted that following the restructuring efforts by the Nigerian Air Force [NAF] to enhance the effective and efficient projection of air power, and re-strategising of the security dynamics to better handle prevailing security challenges in the country led to the establishment of the command.