13 November 2020 By Aisha Adesanya
The House of Representatives Committee on Air Force has been urged to allocate more funds to cater for the running of newly established Units of the Nigeria Air Force.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar made the plea while presenting the 2020 budget performance and defence of the 2021 budget estimates before the committee.
According to him despite the expansion in the Force with the creation of eleven new units, not much had changed in the overhead costs.
He added that the Force established additional eleven units in Benue, Taraba, Damaturu, Plateau, Osun, Kaduna among others.
The Air force boss who pointed out that the running cost of all these units is weighing heavily on the Force said this prompted them to solicit for an increase in the overhead.
“In terms of personnel, the Air Force has about 11,000 personnel and right now, we are recruiting another 1000 and it is huge if you look at the infrastructure.
“We are also expecting eight UABs from China; with all these, the number of personnel would increase and with the expansion of the units, the overhead is grossly inadequate,” he said.
Abubakar however commended the committee for the support the Force enjoys as it carries out its constitutional mandate.
The Chairman of the Committee , Shehu Koko from Kebbi State commended the Federal Government for the funds released to the Air Force.
He added that this is the first time the force is enjoying almost a 100 per cent release of funds, attributing it to the successes recorded by the Force in the fight against insecurity.
Koko also expressed the satisfaction of the Committee over the work done by the Force and pledged to do all it takes to ensure more funds are allocated to the force.