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From Jonas Ike, Abuja
Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshall Sadique Abubakar has said that the Nigeria Air Force needs 4,300 liters if aviation fuel Jet A1 to operate the fleet of jets in the Air Force every hour due to the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the north-east region of Nigeria.
The Air Chief made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja at the House of Representatives wing, National Assembly during the presentation of and defence of the 2019 budget of the Air Force to the House Committee on Air Force.
He told the Committee that in order to tackle the numerous security challenges facing the nation particularly Book Haram insurgency in the north-eastern part of the country there is the need for the Air Force to be adequately funded by the government.
According to the Air Chief, a total of 4,300 liters of Jet A1 fuel is needed every hour by the Air Force personnel fighting insurgency in the northeast to power their aircrafts.
He therefore appealed to the Committee to look out for ways of generating additional funds for the Air Force adding that funding has always been a major challenge to the Force.