The Guardian (Nigeria)
Makinde commends NAF for support in tackling insecurity
OYO State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, lauded the Nigerian Air Force ( NAF) for its unalloyed co- operation in keeping the state safe.
He pledged that his administration would continue to work with the NAF and other security agencies to fight insecurity in the state.
The governor, who stated this while receiving the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Ikeja, Lagos, Air Vice Marshal Charles Ohwo and his team, during a courtesy visit to his office, said that the state had been enjoying a cordial relationship with the Air Force.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor equally reiterated his commitment to upgrading the Ibadan Airport, noting that plans are in top gear by the state government to extend the runway from the current 2.7 kilometres to 3.3 kilometres to enable bigger aircraft to land.
The governor added that his administration would continue to expand the footprints of the NAF in the state, adding that the Force would be well supported through a special support fund in next year’s budget.
Makinde maintained that the country had been going through a difficult period and that the current set of leaders of the country had been quite challenged. He said the names of members of the Armed Forces would be written in gold for their efforts in stemming the tide of insecurity at this point in the nation’s history.
Earlier in his remarks, Ohwo commended the leadership style of Makinde, saying he was impressed by the infrastructural projects being carried out in the state.
He further appreciated the governor for the support he has given the Force so far, including the piece of land for the Air Force Base, new school building, transformer and other equipment donated by his government.
He, however, gave the assurance that the Air Force would be willing and ready to contribute its quota to ensure that the South- West, and Oyo State in particular, are safe.