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Why NAF immortalised Late Lance Corporal Nura Adamu

Invention, innovation and advancement in science and technology are occurring with the speed of light in this age of globalization. Virtually every aspect of human endeavor is investing staggering fortunes in scientific research and development in agriculture, communication, engineering, medicine, transportation, military, etc.
As a matter of emphasis, countries have been paying huge attention on national defenses or security. Developed and truly ambitious countries invest chunk of their national budgets in national defence advanced research on how to fortify their various borders – land, water, air, political and economic and more.
Only recently, the Nigerian Air Force unveiled a new, state-of-the-art Geospatial Intelligence Data Centre (GIDC) at NAF Headquarters, Abuja. The GIDC, according to highly placed military sources was conceptualised and constructed to further enhance the ongoing Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) efforts in the North East and other parts of Nigeria.

While explaining the rationale behind the new Centre, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said it was designed to operate at par with defence technologies around the world. The GIDC will boost intelligence gathering using space-borne platforms. Equipped with high-tech computer hardware and software, the Centre will improve NAF’s capacity for acquisition, exploitation, analysis and interpretation of imagery and geospatial information to provide actionable intelligence for the Armed Forces and other security agencies in Nigeria.

While commissioning the Centre in Abuja, Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin observed that the new Centre would undoubtedly add value to the efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in securing the country and making it a safer place for all, stressing that the Centre could not have come into being at a more auspicious time than now.
He however, expressed delight with the readiness of the Nigerian Air Force to make the products of the Centre available not only to the Armed Forces of Nigeria but also to paramilitary agencies such as the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), who could use it to determine old and new border crossing points used by illegal immigrants or smugglers.

The resolve by NAF to modernize its operations and build the capacity of its personnel with a view to effectively combating insurgency, banditry and other forms of border crimes is commendable. We equally charge NAF and of course our armed forces to invest more in local manufacturing of weaponry through local creativity and technology transfer.
For instance, France, Russia, North Korea, Pakistan, India, Brazil, Egypt and other world military powers are seen as sophisticated militarizes because of the calibre of weapons they have in their arsenal, which of course were largely manufactured locally.

Nigeria should draw a lesson from countries like Brazil, Iran and Israel and invest more in modern weaponry research and innovation with the view to reversing the current trend where the nation’s military will depend largely on other advanced and second world nations for supply of munitions. It is our considered opinion that it is not just enough to deploy cutting edge technologies conceptualized and developed by other nations, it is time for the country to take the lead in high-tech munitions manufacturing locally.

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