Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (thid right), the Air Force officials and others during the visit.
Kwara govt lauds Air Force, security agencies
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has assured that the administration would push for the establishment of the Air Force Comprehensive Secondary School to complement the existing basic classes in the state.
He also said that the government was seeking the extension of the current Air Force architecture, such as its training infrastructure, in the state so that more of its aircraft and activities would take place in the state.
The governor spoke on Tuesday when he received the new Commander of 303 Medium Airlift Group of Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Garba Ibrahim Jibia, and his team in Government House, Ilorin.
Efforts are also being made to strengthen the International Aviation College Ilorin through renewal of the technical partnership between the state and the Air Force authority, the governor added, saying the school requires training aircraft and other technical support from the military arm.
The Aviation College now has at least 60 students, up from the paltry five that the administration inherited in the school, according to the governor, who added that different steps were being taken to reposition the school.
The governor also appreciated the Air Force for its significant contributions to national security, especially its roles in maintaining peace and order in Kwara alongside other security agencies.
He lauded the federal government for considering the state with the new Air Force commander, whom he described as highly experienced.
AbdulRazaq specifically commended President Muhammadu Buhari for upscaling the country’s military capacity with modern armaments, including the newly procured Tucano fighter jets.
Air Commodore Garba Ibrahim Jibia, the Commander 303 MAG of Nigerian Air Force, for his part, said the visit was to reassure the Governor of their readiness to support the administration’s vision of maintaining peace that Kwara is known for.
“The purpose of our visit is basically to extend our hands of loyalty to the people and government of Kwara State, and to also reassure Your Excellency of our willingness, ability and readiness to support your vision of maintaining the enviable peace that symbolizes Kwara State. I’m happy to observe that Kwara is indeed one of the most peaceful states, if not the most peaceful, in the country,” he said.