The Nigerian Air Force has commenced transporting relief materials to communities ravaged by flood in Bayelsa State.
The relief materials were airlifted by the C-130 aircraft from Enugu to Port Harcourt and ferried to Igbogenne in Bayelsa State using the Mi-35M and EC-135 helicopters.
In a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Tuesday, the provision was to help the civil authority to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians affected by the flood.
It read, “In line with its constitutional mandate of providing aid to civil authority, the Nigerian Air Force has commenced the airlift of relief materials to riverine communities in Bayelsa State affected by the recent flooding.
“The relief materials, which were airlifted from Enugu State to Igbogenne community in Bayelsa State via Port Harcourt, are intended to be redistributed to other riverine communities adversely affected by the recent flooding in the State.
“The airlift of the relief materials also 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 this year’s unprecedented flooding in some parts of the country.”
This is not the first time the NAF would be providing aid in the form of airlift to civil authorities.
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.
Similarly, in March 2021, the NAF airlifted COVID-19 medical relief materials donated by the Economic Community of West Africa States.