The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), and Digital Bridge Institute Abuja, to boost Research and Development (R&D).
Speaking during the ceremony on Wednesday at NAF Headquarter Abuja, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that the NAF over the years had made giant strides in R&D.
Abubakar, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, NAF Headquaters, AVM Isiaka Amao, said that the NAF had invested in high quality training of personnel, approving innovative approach to issues and encouraging out-of-the box thinking.
He said one of the tools of these progress had been collaboration with organisations in line with its “strategic partnership with Ministries, Departments and Agencies, for enhanced research and development.
“The NAF currently has 32 active Memoranda of Understanding with a variety of organisations.
” However, three of these Memoranda of Understanding have recently expired hence the need for their renewal.
” The three expired Memoranda of Understanding are with: Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), University of Benin (UNIBEN), and Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja.
” It is worthy of note that the MoUs to be signed today have been ratified by our various legal departments and are geared towards greater cooperation between our organisations.
” I, therefore, welcome you all to this event as we look forward to working together more closely and effectively,” he said.
The air Chief expressed optimism that the opportunities provided by the MoUs would lead to achieving mutual benefits for all parties.
” I therefore, believe that this MoU renewal will facilitate solutions to our technical challenges which in turn will translate into greater operational efficiency for the NAF,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the other MoU partners, the Vice- Chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof. Lilian Salami, lauded the NAF for putting professionalism in the front burner.
She thanked the air chief for moving at a great speed to acquire skills.
Salami assured that the other partners would create an understanding in a new area that would not only benefit the NAF but also others.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
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