The Commandant, Military Training Centre (MTC) of the Nigeria Air Force, Kaduna, Air Cdre OF Akinboyewa, accompanied by Principal Staff Officers of MTC, today 21 March 2023 paid a courtesy visit to the Commadnt NDA, Maj Gen IM Yusuf, at the Academy Headquarters, Afaka.Air Cdre Akinboyewa who disclosed that he considers the visit to NDA very necessary, gave credence to the NDA for the tangible support rendered to the MTC and for the exceptional training given to the Air Force Cadets in the Academy. He further revealed that the visit was also to solidify the favourable relationship that exists between both institutions.

The Commandant MTC listed some of the training carried out by the Centre to include the training of NAF Airmen and Airwomen, the training of NAF Direct Short Service cadets before it was transferred to its rightful place, which is the NDA years ago and the training of the NDA Airforce Officer Cadets prior to their graduation from NDA.

He further disclosed that currently MTC has 102 cadets of the 70 Regular Course of the Nigerian Air Force undergoing training at the MTC. Air Cdre Akinboyewa thanked the Commandant NDA, Maj Gen IM Yusuf, for finding time, out of his busy schedule to visit and interact with the cadets recently. He expressed his gratitude over the visit which he described as a kind gesture from the very senior officer.

Responding, the Commandant NDA, Maj Gen IM Yusuf, who was represented by the Deputy Commandant, AVM OR Abidoye, praised the partnership between NDA and MTC, noting that MTC is doing a great job in supporting cadets’ training activities. He further reiterated the need to sustain the long-term relationship between NDA and MTC.

AVM Abidoye also used the event to highlight the legacies of Maj Gen IM Yusuf, especially his efforts at improving cadets training in the Academy through the introduction of a new training curriculum for cadets. He added that the new training curriculum has seen the introduction of key training activities like basic combat shooting packages, specialised training and watermanship training to enhance the knowledge of the cadets and prepare them adequately to meet the current combat requirements of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Also, it is meant to equip them to be effective in tackling contemporary security challenges.

He further disclosed that by the time the cadets graduate from the Academy they must have completed a series of courses that would have imbued them with a range of specialised skills and knowledge. So that whatever courses they would attend in future would be advanced courses.

Highlights of the visit were signing of Visitors Book, presentation of souvenirs and group photograph.