CDS harps on lo­cal tech for ef­fec­tive se­cu­rity

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Maryam Ah­madu-Suka & Dick­son S. Adama, Kaduna

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen­eral Gabriel Olonisakin, yes­ter­day high­lighted the im­por­tance of de­ploy­ing lo­cal tech­nol­ogy in han­dling se­cu­rity chal­lenges, in­clud­ing the Boko Haram menace.

Speak­ing at the Nige­rian Air Force Re­search and Devel­op­mentý Sem­i­nar 2015 in Kaduna, the defence chief re­it­er­ated the Nige­rian mil­i­tary’s ef­fort at tack­ling se­cu­rity chal­lenges par­tic­u­larly in the North-east and South-south.

He stressed that the coun­try was en­dowed with many pro­fes­sion­als who are con­tribut­ing ex­ten­sively to tech­nol­ogy else­where in the world and lamented the lack of lo­cal syn­ergy which he said had been pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for the low level of tech­no­log­i­cal and in­dus­trial stand­ing of the coun­try.

The CDS told news­men shortly af­ter the event: “There must be col­lab­o­ra­tion among the mil­i­tary, academia and of course tech­nocrats and in­dus­tri­al­ists to har­ness our var­i­ous en­dow­ments to push Nige­ria for­ward tech­no­log­i­cally.”

“Presently we don’t have the where­withal, that is why we are en­cour­ag­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment so that we can be self re­liant in our pro­duc­tion and in no dis­tance fu­ture we will get there. We will reach out to lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers to make sure that we in­cul­cate them into the whole ar­range­ment. We are win­ning the war against ýin­sur­gency and we will keep do­ing that, we are work­ing within the time­line and we have our man­date and we are work­ing within our man­date.

ý“Fund­ing is usu­ally an is­sue you have in any project, but if you are de­ter­mined and fo­cused, you will get along, re­search and de­vel­op­ment is not a one day is­sue, it is a grad­ual is­sue so as the funds come in we will be­gin to im­prove on which ever project we are into”, he said.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Mar­shal Sadiq Abubakar, said ýhome­based tech­nol­ogy is a sure way to ac­quire some de­gree of im­mu­nity from the va­garies of in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics of econ­omy and defence.

“To achieve home-based tech­no­log­i­cal in­de­pen­dence, na­tions have cre­ated the en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for re­search-based col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the mil­i­tary and the civil­ian sec­tors. Th­ese ef­forts have yielded fruit­ful re­sults rang­ing from the pro­duc­tion of the atomic bomb through the “Man­hat­tan Project”, to the dis­cov­ery of the Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem (GPS) from the NAVSTAR Project”, he said.

Kaduna State Gover­nor Malam Nasir El-Ru­fai who was rep­re­sented by his deputy, Ar­chi­tect Barnabas Bala Ban­tex, com­mended mil­i­tary ex­ploits in the North-east and ef­forts against cat­tle rustling in the North-west. He as­sured of his gov­ern­ment’s sup­port ýin the fight against all forms of crim­i­nal­ity in the state and the na­tion.

State House

Gover­nor Ben Ayade of Cross River State ex­plains some­thing of in­ter­est to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at the ground break­ing cer­e­mony of the 260 km Su­per High­way from Cal­abar to North­ern Nige­ria at Obum vil­lage in the state yes­ter­day.

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