Jane Otu


DAILY COURIER – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), said it has commenced the airlift of relief materials to riverine communities in Bayelsa State.


According to NAF, the relief materials, which were airlifted from Enugu State to Igbogenne community in Bayelsa State, via Port Harcourt, will be redistributed to other riverine communities adversely affected by the recent flooding in the State.


A statement from the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the airlift of the relief materials aligns with the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao’s directive to all operational units and commanders, to ensure they provide the necessary assistance required by all government agencies, towards alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians, affected by the flood.


“The relief materials were airlifted by the C-130 aircraft from Enugu to Port Harcourt and subsequently ferried to Igbogenne in Bayelsa State using the Mi-35M and EC-135 helicopters where it was then redistributed to affected communities and villages.


“More relief materials are expected to be airlifted in the coming days from other parts of the country to affected flooded communities in Bayelsa State, and other States in the country”, it added.


The NAF has a long history of providing aid in form of airlifts to civil authorities.


Recall that in March 2020, the NAF airlifted medical materials donated by the Jack Ma foundation, consisting of 107 boxes of medical supplies and equipment weighing over 1,360kg.


Also, in April 2020, the NAF airlifted medical equipment and supplies donated by the Turkish government, from Lagos to Abuja.