Unstable power supply and poor facilities have been a serious hindrance to Nigeria Air Force (NAF) operations at the airport in Ibadan.
Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who is the Chief of Air Staff said this when he visited Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo Stare in his office.
Abubakar said, “The service intends to further expand its presence in the South-West geopolitical zone because at present it only has units in Lagos and Ipetu-Ijesha while the unit in Ibadan is inadequate to meet the airpower requirements of the service for the zone.
“We intend to key into the airport upgrade project to expand presence in Ibadan by building a new base along with necessary support facilities to have an alternate base for the C-130H fleet to operate from.
“We are interested in keying into the airport expansion plan so that we can have Ibadan as another base for the C-130H aircraft that we operate in Lagos so that when we have any problem, we don’t have to fly from Lagos.
“The AFSC emerged as the overall best public secondary school in Nigeria in the last West African Examination Council examinations. But the school needs to be connected to a reliable mains power supply.”
Governor Makinde who responded to the Chief of Air Staff speech said, "I confirmed the erratic power supply to the AFCS, promising the military that there would be expanded and refueling facilities erected to bring the airport to international standard and make it more economically viable for commercial air operations.”
Governor Makinde then directed the state's Ministry of Works to look into how to resolve the power connection and supply problems.