NAF Partners AIB, UniBen, Digital Bridge Institute For Technological Development

July 1, 2020
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The Nigerian Air Force has renewed pact with the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), University of Benin and Digital Bridge Institute to advance technological development for greater efficiency.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar speaking at the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) ceremony at the NAF Headquarters Abuja said the NAF is a technical service and technology is the bedrock of its operations.

The CAS, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans NAF HQ AVM Isiaka Amao said the service inline with the federal government on indigenous technology, will continue to look inwards to gradually wean itself of over dependence on foreign technology in order to become more innovative and resourceful.

He said the three organisations will collaborate with the NAF in areas such as aircraft accident investigation, aerospace technology, energy, software development and robotics.

” As we are all aware, the Nigerian Air Force is a highly technical service and technology is the bedrock in our operations.  Accordingly and inline with the federal government in promoting indigenous technology, the Nigerian Air Force has more than ever before, been looking inwards to gradually wean ourselves of over dependence on foreign technology and to become more innovative and resourceful.

Pertinently, to advance the Nigerian Air Force research and development output, collaboration with local organisations by way of Memoranda of Understanding is key”, he said

He added that the MoU provides platforms to leapfrog capability as well as repertoire of capacity to be harnessed.

The CAS stated further that the MoU will also provide platforms to synergies ideas for greater innovations and key to achieving meaningful results to the technological challenges being faced in the country.

“In this regard through our collaboration with different agencies, the Nigerian Air Force produced autopilot cassettes for Mi-35 helicopter, emergency ventilator system for COVID-19 patients, hydraulic diaphragm for the Mi-35 helicopter and L-39ZA trainer aircraft, Alpha jet anti skid break system test bench, batteries for Mi series and others” he said

He reiterated that the partnership is necessary to move the service and nation towards becoming technologically advanced.

Responding on behalf of the three organisations,  the Vice Chancellor, University of Benin Prof. Lilian Salami said the renewal of the MoU is an indication that the NAF has realised that  education is key in human capacity building .

She therefore assured that the MoU which aims to fill existing loopholes will be duly followed to the later.

Meanwhile,  the NAF had earlier commissioned  a dialysis centre at the NAF 063 Hospital to Carter for the needs of kidney patients.

The Commander 063 Hospital, Group Captain Mohammed Muzzammil said the idea of the dialysis was borne due the fact that the service spends huge sum on dialysis cases of its personnel and families.

He said the centre which has three dedicated machines is open to both civil and military populace.

He said dialysis at the centre will be done on a discounted rate in order to alleviate the suffering of the people.

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