February 4, 2023



How Amao entrenched security tradition in NAF’s operations

On this piece, BENJAMIN SAMSON examines efforts of the Chief of the Air Employees (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, in enhancing security in Nigerian Air Pressure (NAF) kinetic and non-kinetic operations.

Security is on the coronary heart of aviation and the Nigerian Air Pressure (NAF) has over time given security the best precedence it deserves in all its kinetic and non-kinetic operations.

Particularly, since his appointment because the Chief of the Air Employees (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has left no stone unturned in entrenching a tradition of security in all operations of the NAF. The NAF underneath his management has organized sequence of security seminars and workshops the place erudite security specialists introduced papers and shared beneficial experiences which might be important to bettering security tradition within the Service.

Dedication to security

Talking final week Wednesday through the Nigerian Air Pressure (NAF), Security Evaluation Board (SRB) assembly in Lagos, Air Marshal Amao who’s the chairman of NAF- SRB, reiterated the dedication of the Service to deepening security practices.

He mentioned taking into account that security is on the core of NAF’s each day routines, the Service stays dedicated to growing, implementing and reviewing insurance policies to make sure that NAF actions have been carried out with utmost security in an optimally secure setting.

The Air Chief reiterated the significance of the SRB, which is to information the NAF in appropriately allocating sources to help all security methods and construct organizational tradition that fosters secure practices.

“The assembly was anticipated to offer an avenue to look at prevalent and evolving security challenges to allow the NAF undertake security processes to uphold excessive security requirements in all its actions,” he mentioned.

Burden of security

Equally, talking lately on the 2022 security seminar organized by the NAF, the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd), mentioned that the peculiarities of air operations have positioned a further burden on the NAF to take the lead in security issues in any respect 3 ranges of warfare; particularly, the strategic, operational and tactical ranges.

Represented by the Director of Air Pressure Affairs within the Ministry, Mr Dahiru Mohammed, Magashi mentioned aviation accidents reminiscent of air crashes, may erode the army’s total battle combating capabilities and dampen the final morale of the Companies and the nation at giant.

He mentioned, “I’m certainly delighted to be related to this occasion based mostly on my agency perception that security performs an important function within the profitable accomplishment of your constitutional mandate. Whereas I perceive the essence of security for the armed forces usually, I have to admit that the peculiarities of air operations have positioned a further burden on the Nigerian Air Pressure to take the lead in security issues in any respect 3 ranges of warfare; particularly, the strategic, operational and tactical ranges.

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“Navy aviation security is of nice concern to us on the Ministry of Defence, significantly as a result of aviation accidents reminiscent of air crashes, may erode the Ministry’s total battle combating capabilities in lots of tangible and intangible methods. Aside from the lack of costly platforms in air crashes, the accompanying irreplaceable lack of effectively skilled and extremely expert personnel typically have hostile results on the final morale of the Companies and the nation at giant.

“Throughout minor incidents or accidents, harm to personnel and plane typically result in lack of beneficial man hours, whereas affected personnel or plane are grounded through the interval of accident investigation and even restoration from accidents and plane repairs. This isn’t to say the monetary and financial implication of such repairs or outright alternative of the affected plane or gear.

 “From the foregoing, it’s apparent that plane accidents and incidents exert monumental, morale and financial stress on the nation. Subsequently, Security is everyone’s enterprise and all fingers should all the time be on deck to make sure and keep excessive security requirements in all environments, be it at houses, office or theatres of operation. I’m conscious of the quite a few initiatives and measures put in place to enhance floor and flight security within the Nigerian Air Pressure.”

Security institute

Equally, the NAF underneath Amao has continued to enhance security tradition via the NAF Institute of Security (NAFIS). The Institute has been reinvigorated to conduct broad-based coaching and be sure that personnel implement NAF security methods and processes.

In line with the CAS, “coaching programmes at NAFIS have lately been reviewed and tailor-made to fulfill the wants of varied commerce specialties. NAF pilots and Teacher Pilots have acquired flight security coaching abroad and at NAFIS which has contributed to enhancing their coaching profiles. “

Giving extra particulars concerning the actions of NAFIS with regard to security in NAF operations, the Air Chief in his remarks on the NAF Security Seminar 2022 mentioned:  “We have now additionally reinvigorated the Nigerian Air Pressure Institute of Security to allow it meet its aims.

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“As an example, inside the final 3 months about 30 officers have graduated from varied security programs carried out by the Faculty.  We’re additionally collaborating with the United State Air Pressure Security Crew.  The Crew carried out security assessments of a few of our operational items and made far-reaching suggestions, most of which have been applied.

“Consequently, the Pilot Primary Security Course, which is the primary of its sort run by the Nigerian Air Pressure Institute of Security, was lately carried out for 12 pilots and a couple of Unmanned Aerial Automobile (UAV) operators of the Nigerian Air Pressure.  New units of pilots, UAV operators and floor crew are already billed to endure the identical Course.

“The important thing goal is to supply pilots, UAV operators and floor crew with analytical minds and sufficient information in security procedures, hazards identification and threat evaluation.”

Extra security measures

Likewise, within the quest for security the NAF has performed its bit by placing processes in place consistent with its Security Administration System and finest practices.

“We’re bettering the state of our army airfields and have procured runway sweepers, hearth tenders, Private Protecting Tools, upgraded our Base Operations Workplaces and different security important gear for our operational items.

“We have now skilled Flight Dispatchers to man the Workplaces and quite a lot of our instructors throughout related NAF specialties on the Nigerian Faculty of Aviation Expertise, Zaria.

“Equally, some officers are present process security programs at notable security coaching institutes abroad in order to bolster capability.  We have now additionally upgraded a few of our plane and outfitted them with extra security options,” Amao defined.


“Moreover, we’re collaborating extra with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigerian Airspace Administration Company, Accident Investigation Bureau and the Institute of Security Professionals of Nigeria in a bid to enhance our security requirements and methods.

“We admire the immense help and cooperation of the organizations in addition to their presence at this Seminar.  A latest dividend of this collaboration was the evaluation of our airfields and a few joint person airfields by a joint crew constituted by the Minister of Aviation with a view to upgrading navigational and security amenities on the airfields.  Accordingly, the Nigerian Airspace Administration Company has charted Efficiency Primarily based Navigation approaches for a few of our airfields,” he added.

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Moreover, the demand for air energy within the present combat towards insurgency within the nation is ever growing and has put stress on personnel, sources and materials. Within the midst of such monumental stress, there are tendencies for unsafe acts, complacency and challenges of human elements occasionally. To verify this, the CAS in his knowledge has put collectively a mentorship programme for personnel.

“As a part of initiatives to stop unsafe tendencies. I instituted a mentorship program for our aircrew whereby a few of our extremely skilled retired senior officers who’re security skilled, tour operational items periodically to watch actions on the items and advise commanders, aircrew and non-aircrew on finest security practices.

“That is along with the unit security audit being carried out by the Requirements and Analysis Department. I’ve additionally directed that previous Accident Investigation Board reviews be made obtainable to all operational items and studied with a view to figuring out classes and implementing pending security suggestions,” he mentioned.

Minimizing civilian casualties

In the meantime, talking on the opening ceremony of the 2022 Air Operations Seminar at Uyo, Akwa Ibom state lately, the CAS mentioned as a part of efforts to attenuate civilian casualties in its operations, he instituted a committee to compile all allegations of unintended air strikes on civilians in addition to evaluate the circumstances resulting in such strikes.

This, in response to him, was with a view to proffer far-reaching measures that will mitigate future incidences of collateral damages on civilians throughout NAF operations.

Air Marshal Amao famous that the investigation additional goals at selling accountability, permitting the NAF to study beneficial classes so as to keep away from or mitigate comparable instances sooner or later in addition to take additional measures to attenuate civilian hurt and casualties in battle areas.

He additionally charged the 17 younger pilots winged on the occasion to all the time adhere to laid down Guidelines of Engagement whereas additionally taking all essential steps to guard civilians and decrease civilian casualties throughout operations.

In line with him, “The efforts to mitigate civilian casualties will not be only a reflection of NAF values as a Service, but in addition strategically crucial to our operations.”

Past discussions, Air Marshal Amao has doubtless matched phrases with motion in his resolve to deepen the custom and tradition of security via dynamic management.