By: Okosun Dennis
The new Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Olanipekun Makinde has charged officers to add value to their duties and run with the vision of the Chief of Air Staff, Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao.
Makinde gave this charge at the Handing and Taking Over Ceremony as the AOC which held at Sam Ethnan Airforce Base, Ikeja, Lagos State.
He took over from the Acting AOC, Air Vice Marshal Cosmos Ozougwu. Pledging to improve the security situation of the country and provide air support to whatever the other forces where doing, he added that what was expected of officers was to improve on the security situation of the country which was their immediate challenge.
“I am sure that we will have to rejig our efforts and continue to do what we have to do to support the effort of the Airforce at improving the security situation in the country.
“In a few months time, I am certain that all the effects of what our top hierarchy are trying to do will surely come to fruition,” he said.
The AOC said that officers should always look at the vision of their leaders in all their actions because that was where they would get their mentoring and their examples from.
“If you put in efforts, you must make mistakes but if you are part of those that hide behind for fear of making mistakes, then your best will never be achieved.
“Besides, you can’t keep punishing someone for the same mistakes made forever because the person will learn and outgrow those mistakes through constant effort,” he said.
The AOC said that the job at the logistics command was to add value and contribute to the vision and growth of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.
“The way we are structured right know, you will discover that we have shortage of manpower so you must be ready to cover for each other.
“Anybody can be called upon at anytime and assigned to do a job and your own is just to give in your best effort to ensure the task is done,” he reiterated.
Makinde said that all hands must be on deck to support the government and the chief of Air Staff in his task of providing air power in support of whatever it is that the other forces are trying to do.