- NAF has rewarded an honest personnel, Aircraftman Bashir Umar, with a double promotion
- Umar had returned R500 000 he found at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano while performing his routine duties
- The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Thursday, July 25, promoted Umar from aircraftman to corporal
The Air Force has given a special recognition to Aircraftman Bashir Umar who returned a missing R500 000 to the owner.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar promoted Umar from aircraftman to the rank of corporal at headquarters of the Air Force.
It was gathered that Corporal Umar was flown into Abuja alongside his parents in an aircraft belonging to the force.
In his opening remarks at the special decoration ceremony for Umar, Air Marshal Abubakar, said he was moved by the exemplary conduct exhibited by Umar as a non-commissioned officer.
He said: "It is my pleasure to welcome you all as we gather to witness a high point in the career of ACM Bashir. I am also particularly thrilled to be part of another history being recorded here today, by the exemplary conduct of this non-commissioned officer.
"In this vein, a key driver of my vision which is to promote and inculcate the core values of integrity, excellence and service delivery, readily comes to mind. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to say that we have found in ACM Bashir the rare qualities we stand for in the Nigerian Air Force.
"The special promotion of ACM Bashir to the rank of corporal today, apart from serving as a reward for good conduct is also to serve as motivation to other airmen/airwomen to aspire for such elevation. I am therefore delighted to see a cross-section of the gathering of members and friends of the Air Force family for an event that triggers happiness and self actualization."
Air Marshal Abubakar added that ACM Bashir has earned the rank of corporal by good conduct and as part of the desire to reward uncommon good deeds and excellence, the force chose to have him decorated in front of his friends, peers and family.
"Having said this, let me sincerely thank our invited guests for finding time to come and share in the joy of this occasion. My particular thanks go to the parents of ACM Bashir for the support they have been providing him all these years. He will continue to need this support, perhaps even more now than ever. I commend them for grooming him with the values that have earned him this accolade," he said.
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