The Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has emphasised the need to review the curriculum of its training institutions and facilities so as to prepare the personnel of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, to be combat ready and operate at optimal level while countering both domestic and foreign threats.
The CAS who stated this at the winging ceremony of some pilots and operators held at NAF Headquarters in Abuja noted that the NAF recently reviewed the curricular of the various schools in the Air Force Institute of Technology, AFIT, to meet expected standards, whilst also conducting instructional training for the instructors to ensure enhanced performance.
He disclosed that the training curriculum for NAF cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy has been reviewed and new criteria specified for NAF officers to be eligible for posting to the Academy as instructors adding that some of the review affected some selected ground and flying schools where he had authorized the audit of selected institutions in the NAF, including flying schools, by a team of experienced retired senior officers with a view to upgrading the practices and facilities at the institutions to meet international standards and best practices.
Air Marshal Amao, further stated that special arrangements have also been made to upgrade operations training facilities to enhance the operational capacity of NAF operators in anticipation of increased tempo of air operations with the recently acquired platforms, while sustaining capacity building programmes for the NAF Regiment in joint efforts for synergy of air-ground integrated operations with sister Services.
According to a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, these efforts are geared towards positioning the institutions and facilities as centres of excellence that would produce pilots, engineers, technicians and other specialists that are well equipped to carry out their constitutional roles more effectively and efficiently.