Olawale Olutope, Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Research and Development department is seeking to collaborate with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for the development of local content in manufacturing of weapons and aircraft components. This is in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari on development of local contents in production and manufacturing of capital goods and equipment.
This was brought to the fore again on Tuesday, September 7th 2021 during a working visit to NASENI headquarters in Abuja by Air Commodore O. R. Abidoye, Director of Research and Development at the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters; who was also accompanied by his predecessor, Air Commodore A. A. Sule, and other team members.
Abidoye noted that the essence of their visit to NASENI was to seek their collaboration in the manufacture of military hardware.
Still speaking, he said, “ we need to look inward considering the circumstances and situation we found ourselves in the world today. You are aware that procuring weapons and to get aircraft parts are becoming more and more difficult outside the country.
”The Air Force in its foresight had began to look inward to meet our technological needs. That’s why we are here to see what NASENI does and also be able to identify where we can collaborate to achieve our technological requirements.”
The Executive Vice Chairman/CE of NASENI Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna represented by Secretary to the Agency, Dr (Mrs) Olayinka Komolafe told the air personnel that they were in the right place as NASENI slogan is ”ask us first” and that the agency would identify the possible areas of collaborations among the two parties.
She said in her remarks that, “NASENI always is ready to collaborate with those that have links with our functions. One of the possible areas you will also need NASENI for is the maintenance of your equipment and we want to assure you this we can do very well. We have done this for many organizations. They ask us first and they are still asking.”
She added that ceding of our technologies and methods to industries is one of the functions of NASENI, as many of the end products of NASENI research have been ceded to industries
Abidoye further said that NASENI’s quest to produce first Made in Nigeria Helicopter was a welcome development and he stressed that that’s another possible area of collaboration because the Nigerian Airforce has gone far on this particular initiative or drive.
Dr Komolafe said a technical committee would be set up consisting of personnel from the two organizations to harmonise all previous MOUs between NASENI and NAF and to also explore other frontiers of collaborations among the two parties.
Congratulations to NASENI and the Nigerian Air Force.