The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is ready to build a Base in the Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.
This follows a donation of a large expanse of land from Governor Ben Ayade when the Chief of Air Staff paid him a visit.
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The Governor decided to donate land in Yala LGA which is yet embroiled in skirmishes over farmlands leading to mayhem. A couple of days ago, the violence resurged.
Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of the first Air Force Primary School, the commander of 305 Special Mobility Group in Calabar, Air Officer Commanding of the Group, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Aliyu Bello, said the event was a testament to the force’s will in meeting the welfare needs of its personnel and the public.
Bello said the five blocks of eight classrooms for the primary section, seven classrooms for the nursery section, a library, laboratories, clinic and sports area will be completed in one year
He said a good educational foundation was essential for improving the well-being and productivity of an individual and society.
According to him, the Nigerian Air Force had, through its primary and secondary schools, contributed towards the provision of a good educational foundation that the nation’s children could leverage to acquire tertiary education.
“I believe that the government of Cross River will support by sending qualitative teachers to the school; it is, therefore, our expectation that the school will produce decent and academically sound children ready for secondary education,” he said.
Ayade said: “It is gratifying to note that despite the primary role of the Air Force in peace and national security, much attention is still being paid to the development of educational facilities, not only for the benefit of the personnel but for the society at large.
“As work progresses on the construction of the facilities for the primary school, be assured of the readiness of the State Ministry of Education to render any assistance as may be required for the take-off of the school.”