The Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, yesterday disclosed that the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, spends N475 million on a monthly basis to power its fighter jets and transport planes to fight Boko Haram terrorists.
Speaking in Lagos during the opening of the 2016 Logistics seminar organised by the NAF’s Logistics Command, he stated that the force uses 1.9 million litres of aviation fuel monthly to fly missions in the North-East, the hotbed of Boko Haram activities.
Aviation fuel sells for N250 per litres, meaning that at least, N475 million is spent on a monthly basis. Giving other breakdown, Abubakar said: “So we are talking of about 10, 000 litres just for one aircraft time. We have so many other airplanes like the Alpha jets which consume 2, 400 litres per hour. They also fly in formation and that means about 4, 800 litres a day. There are other planes that fly on a daily basis.”
The CAS stated that in a bid to ensure the force build capacity in logistics planning; the hierarchy of the NAF has embarked on training and retraining of its personnel within and outside Nigeria, especially as logistics play a very vital role in the success or failure of military operations.
He said the NAF has consistently sought ways of standardising her logistics procedures and operations in line with current global best practices.
While explaining that the Air Force must put together a carefully planned strategy not only for the movement of equipment and personnel to the theatre of war, Abubakar stated that this was important if the current security challenges must be properly addressed.
“It is only when we get the strategy right that we can hope to effectively and efficiently deploy air power necessary for addressing the challenges facing Nigeria. To support air operations in the North-East, the NAF must put an excellent plan that will ensure availability of aviation fuel in the operational area,” he said.