NAF Introduces Inter-Command Research And Development Competition

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The Nigerian Airforce   has introduced inter- command Research and Development competition among its various command to further promote researches on the force related objectives.

The Chief of Standard and Evaluation, Nigerian Airforce    ,CASE, NAF, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar  disclosed this at a media briefing at the Nigerian Airforce Headquarters,  Abuja. He said Nigerian Air force was partnering with some Nigerian Universities and research institutes in carrying out the exercise.

“This is the first time that the NAF, based on vision of the Chief of Air Staff, CAS,  Air Marshal Alex Badeh,   is introducing inter-command most innovative R&D competition among commands.”

The Nigerian Air force has four commands: Tactical, Mobility, Training and Logistics commands. It also has some independent units that reports direct to the Headquarters and it is expected that all units will take challenge head on to triumph in the competition.

Air Vice Marshal Abubakar said since the Air Marshal Alex Badeh was appointed he has been focused on repositioning the NAF through innovative technology.

“The Chief Air Staff  came in with a vision to transform NAF into a self-reliant and highly professional fighting force, through the use of innovative technology in addressing some of the challenges.”

He recalled that based on vision, “we have entered to MOU with a number of universities and research institutions in order to move the NAF and indeed, Nigeria forward through innovative technology. This kind of partnership is not new all over the world.

“However, this is the first time,  that we are seeing a close  collaboration between NAF      and  Nigerian Universities and research institutes. We are highly excited with the commitment and enthusiasm exhibited by universities.  And we are beginning to see the fruit of our partnership… we have capacity all that is required to solve the problem is what we have been able to achieve now.”

The Chief of Standard and Evaluation, said that the involvement of resources persons from Universities and research institutes is based on the believe that there would be value-addition in the competition adding the competition would encourage the culture of innovation in the service.

“I believe that since we already have MOU with these institutions, it is appropriate to involve them. This is competition itself is a way of taking R&D to higher levels. This idea is to introduce of R&D and promoting the culture of can-do spirit in the NAF so as to get the service to function properly. Resources may not be enough, but is important that we look inward for solutions to challenges. I will like to thank our universities and research institutes. We are encouraged by the response from all stakeholders in the universities and research institutes. I believe with this attitude we would be able to take NAF to greater height.

The institutions represented at the inaugural meeting include: National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, University of Lagos, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, National Centre for Technology Management, National Office for Technology Acquisition, NOTAP, Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech.

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