NAF, UI partnering on aircraft engineering, weapons manufacturing


By Suleiman Shehu
Ibadan, Dec. 14, 2018 (NNN) The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) says it is collaborating with the University of Ibadan (UI) on aircraft engineering, automation, ICT as well as communication and manufacturing of explosives.

Air Vice Marshall John Baba, the Chief of Standard and Evaluation (COSE) at NAF headquarters,  said the collaboration would enhance the capacity of the service for effective and efficient service delivery.

Baba, who spoke during a visit to the university on Friday, said the collaboration in the specified areas would help reduce dependence on imported weapons.

“We expect that by the end of our research and development initiative, NAF should be able to sustain its operations without getting any instruction on weapon usage from other countries or face any hindrance in the importation of certain weapons,’’ he said.

Prof. Olanike Adeyemo, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, said the institution has the capacity in the area of automation, engineering and  ICT/Communication to meet the expectations of NAF.

“ We have been looking forward to this kind of collaboration with the NAF  as there is no way the institution can do it alone without experimenting the weapon on the field.

“We expect that in the next two years, we should be able to show what we have achieved as a result of this collaboration.

‘’The whole essence of this collaboration is that we should be able to proffer outstanding quality solutions to some of the problems in our laboratory,’’ she said.

Adeyemo noted that Nigeria would benefit a lot as a result of the collaboration as a homegrown solution when compared with importation.

“ The solutions to be proffered in this collaboration would be enduring and sustaining in tackling the problems confronting Nigeria as a country,’’ she said. (NNN)
(Edited by Yahaya Isah/Mufutau Ojo)