By PALANG KASMI
The Plateau state Governor, Rt.Hon.Simon Bako Lalong, said investment in educational infrastructure is a huge investment for the development of future generations.
He stated this recently, while commissioning various projects at the Air Force Military School (AFMS) and the Air Force Girls Military School (AFGMS) Jos, where he was the special guest of honour.
The projects, which were done by The Chief of Air Staff, were spread across the two Military schools, and they include hostels, street lights project, obstacle course, and a newly constructed Military Wing.
“These set of projects” according to the Governor, which have to do with infrastructural development of schools are a huge investment for the future of the society. The Obstacle Course and Street Lights among others, which will be commissioned today, will go a long way in improving the welfare of the Junior Airmen/Airwomen, thereby motivating and encouraging them to focus on their studies”
“The students that are being trained today, will be the ones that will run affairs of the nation in the coming years”, Lalong said.
While commending the chief of Air staff for his efforts in the education sector, the Governor said “The Nigerian Air Force is evolving and fast transforming, its current leadership is working tirelessly to create a condusive learning environment in Air Force schools across the country”.
“It is therefore a thing of joy to note that the current leadership of the Force has invested so much in the AFMS and the AFGMS, both in Jos and has opened entrance opportunities to every qualified Nigerian child”.
While pledging to support the NAF efforts in educational development, He called on the management and staff of the schools to maintain the high standards they are known for, so that at the end of the day, the nation will harvest sound and well-trained minds that will be disciplined, resilient and patriotic.
Speaking to newsmen after the projects commissioning, The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar said investing in human beings is the most important resource and this informed his choice investing in the educational environment to get into the state of mind of both staff and students.
“The Air force is being re-structured to meet up the current security challenges in the country”, he said
He said “Air campaigns are going on in the North east and our officers are synergizing with other security agencies to curb the security challenges the North east, kaduna and Benue states”.
Speaking earlier The Air Officer, Commanding Ground Training Command and the Commander 551 Nigerian Air Force Station, Air Marshall Idi Amin said the Defence headquarters had executed a lot of projects across the country in the past 4 years.
“We will continue to ensure care, discipline, and integrity and put to maximum use the facilities commissioned and continue to uphold the academic standards of the schools”. He said.
While commending the Plateau state government for its support towards creating an enabling environment for the schools to thrive, Amin pledged to work tirelessly towards the protection of lives and properties in the state.