Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar has tasked senior non-commissioned officers on mentorship through sharing of knowledge and skills, in view of their vast experiences.
He stated this at a retreat held for Air Warrant Officers(AWOs) and Regimental Sergeant Majors(RSMs) serving in various units across the country, as part of efforts to further enhance discipline, regimentation, professionalism and efficient service delivery in the NAF.
According to a statement by Director of Public Relations and Information of the Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet says the Air Chief expressed concern over the decline in mentoring within the Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) cadre over the years, hence the need for the AWOs and RSMs to revive the culture of mentorship in their various units.
Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar reminded the senior non-commissioned that as the link between the officers’ cadre and other ranks, they must be impartial in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He underscored the need of maintaining and upholding the high standards of discipline, while noting that AWOs and RSMs have the responsibility to ensure that airmen and airwomen under their commands remain disciplined in the discharge of their duties.
The Air Chief also emphasized the need for them to take ownership of service properties with the same passion and care as personal items in terms of regular cleaning, sanitation and maintenance of NAF buildings, hangars and operational facilities, in view of the roles of AWOs and RSMs in fostering a robust maintenance culture within their units.
On safety, Air Marshal Abubakar noted that the outcome of the recently held 2023 Safety Review Board (SRB) can only be realistic if all personnel take ownership of the safety of operational and personal environment.
He stressed the need for a relentless pursuit and internalization of safety culture among airmen and airwomen, noting that personnel must consistently adhere to all safety standards and regulations to prevent mishaps in various operations, as well as preventing fire hazards within barracks.
Highlights of the retreat included brief by the AWOs and RSMs on activities in their various areas of responsibility.