By Gom Mirian Abuja
As part of activities to mark its 56th anniversary, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday, issued out food items among other palliatives to members of NAF Base, Bill Clinton Drive, Abuja.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while distributing the items in one of the host communities, Nuwalege, said the palliatives were aimed at at complementing the federal Government’s efforts to cushion the hardship occasioned by the lockdown to curtail further spread of the new coronavirus in the country.
The CAS who was represented by the Chief of Policy and plans, NAF headquarters, Air Vice Marshall Isiaka Amao, explained that the NAF Day before the pandemic was celebrated with fanfare, lectures among other activities.
He said the fanfare and sequence of events that usually heralded the occasion have been dispensed with in keeping with the mood of the nation because of the global pandemic.
The Commander, NAF headquarters camp, Air Commodore Simon Peter on his part, described the NAF’s week as special to the Service, adding “the year 2020 is proving to be a special one that has brought with it unexpected turn of events in our socio- economic lives and as early as this time of the year everybody is wondering what the post COVID-19 period will look like”.
He noted that due to the prevailing circumstances, the Chief of Air Staff directed the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable groups in the host communities of NAF Base across the country.
According to him, the first phase of the program targeted about 500 families covering the Nuwalege and Zamani communities off the Bill Clinton Drive as well as the Ushafa community all in the Federal capital territory, Abuja.
He further urged the host communities to stay safe and maintain social distancing as well as obey stipulated precautionary measures.