So even my country Nigeria goes borrowing no wonder we are sorrowing. News from Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the four Super Mushshak aircraft that were loaned to them for the training of its pilots has finally been returned to the Pakistani Government.
Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, the Director of Public Relations and Information, (DPRI) NAF Headquarters, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that Nigeria borrowed the aircrafts, for the ab-initio flying training of pilots at 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna State. He said
“the disassembled aircraft were loaded aboard cargo aircraft and flown out of NAF Base, Kaduna State on October 23.The aircraft were temporarily made available by Pakistan Government at no cost to NAF for training of pilots in December 2016, prior to delivery of 10 trainer aircraft ordered by NAF.”
Adesanya explained that NAF used the four Super Mushshak trainer aircraft for training four instructor pilots and graduated 16 ab-initio student pilots, including two female pilots at the 401 Flying Training School in Kaduna State. Mr. Adesanya mentioned tha the training had enhanced NAF’s ability to train its pilots locally, thereby helping to build the needed capacity to further prosecute the fight against insurgency in the North-East.
“Having taken delivery of the first batch of five new trainer aircraft, there was no need any longer for NAF to retain the aircraft, hence their return, in line with the agreement between the two countries.