Renews/Signs MoU with 20 R&D Partners
By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
Kaduna: Pictures they say, speaks a thousand words. This was the exact situation at the Nigerian Air Force Historical Photo Gallery for the NAF Day 2018 Celebration in Kaduna.
The Gallery which is the first of its kind since the inception of the NAF, had a display of several pictures which spoke volume of the activities of the NAF since inception.
The Historical Photo Gallery which had a touch of the past and present activities of the NAF, revealed its path to transformation, growth and development through the years.
Speaking at the event, the Guest of Honour, Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, said that the Gallery is especially relevant today, as a source of inspiration and motivation for present and future personnel of the NAF.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Mohammad Umar, emphasized that, “the gallery would also serve as a reminder, of the enormous sacrifice of those who have gone before us and inspire those serving and intending to serve the nation to greater heights”.
He encouraged the NAF to, expand the Gallery to become a Historical Museum, reflecting the origins and achievements of the Service.
On training, he said, “It pleases me to note that the Armed Forces are conducting joint training and operations around the country in consonance with Federal Government’s vision. We will continue to support the drive to modernize the Armed Forces through enhanced budgetary allocations”.
He therefore charged the NAF not to rest on its oars in fulfilling her constitutional roles.
In his welcome address, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while noting that the NAF has come of age from a humble beginning in 1964, added that, the Historical Photo Gallery is intended to serve as a reminder of how far the NAF has come.
The CAS further said that, the Gallery will help the NAF appreciate the contributions of the heroes past and challenge them to continue to press forward and give their very best to the Nation and the Service.
He also noted that the NAF has recorded giant strides in terms of Logistics and Research and Development, which has produced substantial results such as the design and production of the Unmanned Ground Vehicle, Aviation Power Pack and Hydraulic Accumulator Diaphragm for the Mi Helicopter series as well as the recently conducted locally produced Remotely Piloted Aircraft named Tsaigumi.
After the remarks, the CAS led other dignitaries on a tour to the NAF Historical Photo Gallery and Static R&D exhibition stands.
Some of the Static R&D on display were; the MI-35M, Alpha Jet, Tsaigumi and many more.
Similarly, the NAF later in the day, renewed and signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 20 Research and Development Partners, for strategic partnership to enhance Research and Development.
Out of the 20 MoUs signed, 15 were renewed while five were newly signed by the R&D partners.
Speaking during the signing of the MoU, the CAS, said that the collaboration with the tertiary institutions has helped the NAF to combat security challenges in the country.
He pointed out that, there are many other areas the NAF can work with institutions to add value to the Armed Forces of Nigeria,adding that there is a need to regularly share ideas so as to move forward.
“The NAF is willing to partner with you to provide the kind of support that our ground forces and other personnel require. I believe that we have the capacity within Nigeria. What is required of us is to show more commitment and begin to work together” he ended.
Speaking earlier, the Chief of Standard and Evaluation, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, said that the time has come for Nigeria to take ownership of its own development,adding that Research and Development is the answer.
He further noted, that the Research and Development efforts of the NAF, is saving and has saved Nigeria huge money on foreign exchange.