NAF Partners NMDC On Local Manufacturing Of Defensive Weapons 

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By Andrew Ajijah, Jos

The Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Air Marshall Isiaka Oladayo Amao, has said NAF shall soon begin collaboration with the National Metallurgical Development Center NMDC towards producing defensive equipments locally.

He made the disclosure while on a facility tour at the National Metallurgical Development Center NMDC; as contained in a press release issued by the head, press and public relations of the agency, Mr. Sunny Eweama, on Friday, 1st July 2022.

“Chief of Air Staff is so passionate of ensuring that the Force explore local materials and expertise through collaboration other organ of the Armed Forces and civil establishments  for the building, maintenance of Aircraft and manufacturing of defense equipment.”

According to the release, the NMDC Chief Executive Engr Prof Linus Asuquo has agreed to sing a memoranda of understanding (MoU) with NFA to that effect.

It affirmed that NMDC Chief executive also noted that the MoU is part of the implementation of Executive Order 5, which was signed into law, year 2018, which permits federal government agencies to collaborate to enable Nigeria shift from a crawling third world  economy to a competitive and enviable global economy.

The text said NMDC chief executive was represented by the Director, Research Development and  Consultancy Services , Dr (Mrs) Dorcas Joseph.

According to the press release, the gesture is geared towards ensuring Nigeria is recognized among comity of industrialized Nations, thereby reducing humongous amount sum been spent on importation of goods and services.

Similarly, the chief of Air Staff spoke through its Director, research and development, Air Vice  Marshall Nnaemeka Ilo, who noted that the MoU was apt.

Deputy director Research and development Nigerian Air Force, Wing Commander Abdulahi Hussaini, while commenting, said that Research and Development in Nigerian Air Force plays a pivotal role in adding value to the mandate of the Force.

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