The Nigerian Air Force has immortalised the late first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile who died at the age of 23 years after sustaining head injuries from a road traffic accident in Kaduna.
Arotile whose death came not more than a year after she was winged as a combat helicopter pilot in the Air Force following the completion of her course in South Africa was immortalised in appreciation to her invaluable contributions to the fight against armed banditry and other criminal act in the country.
The Air Force has immortalised the deceased by naming a Pilots Crew ‘Room’ at the 115 Special Operations Group (115 SOG) Port Harcourt after her.
The Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola made this known in a statement that was issued on Tuesday , September 22nd, 2020.
Speaking during the commissioning of a newly constructed Block of 18 x two-bedroom flats for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) as well as a water project, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, noted that immortalizing late Flying Officer Arotile was done, not only to honour her memory but also to further inspire young girls in Nigeria to study, work hard and pursue their dreams and legitimate aspirations with pride and honour.
In his words,
“It is gratifying to note that, since late Tolulope’s demise, many young Nigerian girls have indicated their interest to join the NAF.
“Besides, no fewer than 12 other female officers, who have undoubtedly been motivated by her inspirational life and the unprecedented and exemplary contributions by other female and male pilots, are currently undergoing flying training, both within and outside the Country, to become NAF pilots.” He added.