Commander, Doctrine and Training Command, TRADOC, Nigeria Army, Maj-Gen. Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin has asked the men and officers of the force to be committed to development of indigenous technology and production of military hardware for tackling the current asymmetrical security challenges in the country.
Olonisakin made the call when he opened the 2015 combined first and second quarter Nigerian Army Research and Development, R&D, committee conference in Minna, Niger State.
He said the conference was aimed at deliberating on the production and modification of military equipment.
While urging the participants to contribute positively during the conference, the TRADOC boss said relevant matters that would create new avenues for introducing new ideas towards fast-tracking research and development in the Nigeria Army would top the agenda of the conference.
“The Army is desirous of developing indigenous technology that would sustain personnel, equipment and operational needs, especially in the face of the current asymmetrical security challenge in the country.
“Your deliberation could consider the need for self-reliance in the production and modification of fast moving military equipment and stores. Moreover, in line with the NA R&D strategic plan, the conference should among other things deliberate on existing NA R&D policy with a view to adding value and perfecting a methodology for its smooth implementation.
“The importance of research and development in the NA needs no emphasis as you deliberate widely in the conference, I implore you consider contemporary events of military interest and possibly articulate an integrated matrix where other agencies and stakeholders could be fully involved in subsequent NA R&D programmes for mutual benefits,” he stated.

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