Senator Muhammed Sani Musa (APC, Niger East) has called on the Nigeria Air Force to deploy the use of drones in the fight against insurgency and bandits in Nigeria.
Sen. Sani Musa made the call in Abuja on Tuesday at the Budget defence session organized by the Senate Committee on Air Force.
The lawmaker noted that “If we really want to be serious we must re-dedicate our resources in the areas of training and then technology.
“Most countries today they also face the challenges of insurgency, but they don’t have to send in their men, because the militia and the bandit they operate in ways different from the conventional Army, they are not organized, they can ambush anytime. So the only way this fight can be won is having technology. Drones can be used to eliminate the criminals and liberate our people.”
The lawmaker who commended the Air Force for their effort at exterminating bandits, especially in his Niger East Senatorial district decried the meager budgetary allocation to training military called on the federal government to increase funding for the military and especially the Air Force as modern warfare were now fought in the air.
“For some times now there have been calm in terms of the attacks from bandits in Niger East Senatorial District, and the success of this can be attributed to the will the Nigerian Air Force has so shown and I can bear witness as the senator representing the district.
“What we used to face in the last six months has drastically reduced and I sincerely appreciate their commitment.
“But we are also demand that more can be done, especially if we can have a small unit around the Anawa axis because even two day ago such attack happened, though I know the attacks may not be eliminated completely at the same time.
“Let this committee see how we can improve in the allocation to the Nigeria Air force in areas of training , a country like Nigeria with a vast territorial space.
“Less than one billion for training is very inadequate . If we want to be serious, we must be serious. There are technology advances everyday. Advanced technology is reaching out in helping to shape the security of any nation and we cannot be different , we must adopt the same system.
The lawmaker registered his condolence on the death of Nigeria’s first female fighter pilot, late Tolulope Arotile whom the lawmaker acknowledged fought the bandits to a standstill during her life time.
“I cannot conclude without registering my condolence on the death of the late flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who fought the bandits to a standstill in Niger East, many times each time she landed her aircraft after engaging the bandits in Minna, she always attracted a large crowd of people who used to come to salute and appreciate her efforts,” the lawmaker noted.