Nigeria’s Governor Simon Lalong in north central Plateau State, has said participation in sporting activities will boost the effort and determination of the Nigerian Air Force in fighting crime.
Lalong stated this during the 2019 Annual 10 Kilometer Walk/Jog Exercise, organised by the headquarters of the 551 Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Mrs. Helen Ishaya, Lalong said, “”In recent times, sports participation has been able to project the image of NAF in combating crime.
“To sustain this effort requires continuous involvement in physical fitness training of the security personnel and providing the right equipment for the NAF to continue to perform its constitutional roles.
Responding, the Commander, 551 Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Kabiru Aliyu laud the Plateau State government for providing the enabling environment for troops to operate.
Aliyu however charged officers and men to continue to engage in exercise as it will help in developing mental alertness, he said.
However at the end of the 10 kilometer Walk/Jog exercise, Officer Daniel Tuesday, emerged winner in the men category, while Officer Ogbo Ngozi emerged winner in the female category.
Others are Wing Commander Umar Aliyu, Commandant Air Force Military School Jos, emerging first in the men walk category, while Corporal Blessing James emerged first in the female Joggers category.
Our correspondent reports that the annual 10 Kilometer Walk/Jog Exercise has helped to build stronger bridge of friendship which would also go a long way to foster better relationship among Officers, Air Men and Women, Military/Paramilitary and civilian populace across the State.