NAF signs MoU with UNIMAID on research, production of Alpha Jet parts
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) on research development and production of locally-made Alpha Jet aircraft anti-skid test bench.
Speaking at the event yesterday, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said with the signing of the MoU, UNIMAID has joined other Nigerian universities, polytechnics and research agencies with which the NAF has existing MoUs.
Abubakar noted that the story of insurgency in the North-East would not be complete without mentioning the contributions of UNIMAID and indeed the other NAF partnering institutions whose collaborative efforts with the NAF in the area of research and development have proved critical.
The Vice Chancellor of UNIMAID, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, commended the CAS for his passion, vision and zeal to develop a self-reliant Air Force. He also expressed his deep appreciation to the NAF, noting that UNIMAID would have been over-run by insurgents if not for the timely intervention and protection of the NAF.
He said the reason behind the MoU was to ensure that the collaboration between the NAF and the university was sustained.Also, the NAF Chief of Standards and Evaluation, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Kingsley Lar, used the occasion to present the recently issued NAF patent certificate for Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) to the CAS.
He stated that the NAF was fortunate to have a man at the helm of affairs with a keen interest in “promoting partnership geared towards innovations for self-reliance.”