The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has declared that it has completed the airlifting of relief materials to Mozambique and Zimbabwe to further assist victims of the massive flooding that affected some communities in the countries in April 2019.
NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on the 31st of August 2019.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola explained that the airlift missions were conducted for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
According to Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, relief materials conveyed include drugs, medical supplies and treated mosquito nets donated by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to alleviate the sufferings of the flood victims.
According to the statement:
“The airlift missions were executed by NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft, in furtherance of the NAF’s constitutional roles of projecting airpower beyond the shores of the country, as well as providing Military Aid to Civil Authority.
The C-130H airlifted 12,000 Kg (12 tonnes) of relief materials from Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja to the Maputo International Airport, Maputo Mozambique on 26 August 2019, while 8,100 Kg (8 tonnes) of materials were delivered at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport Harare, Zimbabwe today, 31 August 2019.”
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman said the aircrew and NEMA officials handed over the items to officials from the Nigeria High Commission in the two countries for onward delivery to their host governments.
Prior to this, he noted that NAF conducted the first batch of the airlift missions for National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) using an ATR-42 aircraft in three sorties to airlift a total of 15,000 Kg (15 tonnes) of relief materials to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in May.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola added that in August 2017, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) airlifted 38,000 Kg of relief materials to Freetown, Sierra Leone, in the aftermath of the devastating mudslides and floods that ravaged the country.