From Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday, said it has airlifted medical materials donated by the Jack Ma Foundation in China from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja for combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made the disclosure in a statement, said the airlifting was in fulfilment of “the NAF’s role of providing Military Aid to Civil Authority.”
“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on 24 March 2020, airlifted medical materials donated by the Jack Ma Foundation, China, for tackling the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria, from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to the Nnmadi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja in fulfillment of the NAF’s roles of providing Military Aid to Civil Authority (MACA).
“The donated medical materials, which consist of 107 boxes of medical supplies and equipment, comprising surgical masks, medical disposable protective clothing, face shields and detection kits, weighing about 3,000 pounds, were airlifted in a single mission using the NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft (NAF 913) and handed over by the NAF Aircrew to a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Health led by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Abdulazeez Mashi Abdullahi, at the NAIA, Abuja”.