By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Arrangement to establish a Special Operations Unit in Nasarawa State has been concluded with a view of putting an end to the persistent security menace.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, disclosed this, while playing host to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State recently, at Government House Lafia.
He said the decision to establish the unit in the state was not far from the recent security analysis conducted by the Air Force last year, where it identified that the situation called for urgent attention.
According to the Air Marshal, the headquarters of the Tactical Air Command and other units were located in Makurdi, and there was the need to have the special operations unit in Nasarawa State.
The Chief of Air Staff explained that, 150 personnel of the Special Forces are currently undergoing training and would be deployed to the unit to be established in the State.
He reiterated that reloads would be established in/and other identified villages as well as medical outreaches where a villager would be given a free medical attention as part of the Air Force corporate social responsibility.
In responding, Governor Umaru Al-Makura assured of his readiness to provide all necessary support and assistance to the Air Force to ensure the success and immediate take-off of the unit.
He noted that, the proposed free medical outreach would help the people in the rural areas, adding that, it will help in curtailing the unwanted crises that had bedeviled communities along Benue and Nasarawa States’ axis in recent times.