The Nigeria Air Force said on Wednesday that it transported medical supplies donated by the Jack Ma Foundation in China. Murtalla Mohammed Lagos International Airport to Nnamdi Azikiwe Abuja International Airport for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, director of public affairs and information for the Nigeria Air Force, who made the disclosure in a statement, said the air transport was in fulfillment of the “NAF role of providing military aid to the CIvil authority”.
According to the statement, “the Air Force of Nigeria (NAF), on March 24, 2020, transported medical materials donated by the Jack Ma Foundation in China to fight the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria, from Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, to Nnmadi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, in fulfilling the NAF roles of providing military aid to the civil authority (MACA).
“The donated medical supplies, consisting of 107 supply boxes and medical equipment, including surgical masks, disposable protective clothing for medical use, face mask and detection kits, weighing around 3,000 pounds, were transported on a single mission using the NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft (NAF 913) and delivered by the NAF air crew to a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Health led by the permanent secretary, Alhaji Abdulazeez Mashi Abdullahi, today, March 25, 2020, at NAIA, Abuja ” .
He added that, “speaking to the press after inspecting the delivered items, Alhaji Abdullahi thanked the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, for the timely deployment of aircraft to transport the items to Abuja.
“He also thanked the NAF officers and men who participated in the air transport mission for their professional conduct. He said the donated items would greatly help the government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
“The NAF leadership also expressed the Service’s readiness to provide any form of support within its statutory responsibility to provide assistance to civilian authority, as the Nation continues to work assiduously to address the threat posed by COVID-19.”