Air Force chief advocates home-grown technology to boost efficiency
Training remains bedrock of military profession, says Ibrahim
Chief of Standards and Evaluation of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Bala Abubakar, has recommended a home-grown research and development policy to address Nigeria’s deficiency in technology.
He gave the advice, yesterday, during the NAF Tactical Air Command (TAC) 2023 intra-command research and development competition/exhibition in Makurdi.
Abubakar, represented by Director of Evaluation, AVM Tajudeen Yusuf, expressed worry that in recent times, the acquisition of technology from more technologically-advanced countries was becoming increasingly challenging and expensive.
“This in turn puts a serious burden on our capabilities to meet constitutional roles.
“As such, there is need to look inwards and explore the resources in the country through research and development to address our deficiency in technology,” Abubakar said.
He said that major complexities were often resolved through painstaking effort and commitment to research and development.
Also, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, AVM Precious Amadi, said that the prevailing cases of insecurity across the country had given security agencies cause to step up their response strategies to tackle criminality head on.
Amadi, who was represented by AVM Paul Efanga, further reiterated that banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other forms of criminality across the country had given security agencies cause to step up their response strategies
The AOC said that the armed forces, particularly the NAF, had adopted proactive measures aimed at effectively applying airpower in counter insurgency Operations.
IN another development, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division and Commander, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Maj.- Gen. Abdulsalami Ibrahim, has charged young officers of the Nigerian Army to continuously train and acquire modern military skills to deal with any emerging threat to national security.
Ibrahim gave the charge, yesterday, during the decoration ceremony of newly-promoted young officers at the Rhino Officers’ Mess, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment in Jos.
The GOC urged the newly-decorated officers to take good advantage of the numerous platforms recently employed by the Army leadership to train its personnel to improve themselves and build their career in the Nigerian Army.
He noted that training remains the bedrock of military profession and officers, especially the young ones, must continuously train towards defeating the enemies of the state.
Also speaking at the event, President of Mess Committee, Brig.-Gen. Michael Agi, urged the newly-promoted officers to learn from their superiors and ensure professional discharge of their duties.