Air Force Chief of Staff pledges to support National Research and Development Foundation

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The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, has pledged to support the Nigerian Air Force in the establishment of a National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF ), currently being requested by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Standing Committee for Research and Development (RDSC).

He made the disclosure when members of the RDSC defense and security subcommittee paid him a courtesy visit at the Air Force headquarters in Abuja, the country’s capital.

The Air Force Chief of Staff also congratulated the Fund for its sincerity in disbursing R&D funds.

“It’s one thing to have an organization in charge of R&D; it is another thing for the organization to also seek out other institutions that will need these funds for R&D. You are not only sitting in your office waiting for people to come, but you also come to us.

“We greatly appreciate your commitment, and it shows that you are very sincere; that you want to spend the money for what it is intended for, ”he said.

Speaking on the importance of funding research, especially in the areas of defense and security, the Air Chief explained that due to certain difficulties sometimes encountered in obtaining platforms military and their spare parts from other countries, the Nigerian Air Force had to look inward to improve equipment and see how it could also produce some of its own platforms through R&D.

In his remarks, TETFund Executive Secretary Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, who led the delegation during the visit, expressed gratitude to the Air Force Chief of Staff for meeting with the subcommittee.

He gave a brief overview of the history of TETFund and the current willingness of the Fund to promote the content component of its intervention, in particular research and development.

The Executive Secretary praised the Nigerian Air Force for its efforts in countering insurgency in the country, while stressing the need to deploy the most accurate technology.

“The Nigerian Air Force has done a great job. The fight against insurgency, and if it were to protect our territorial integrity, it requires the most precise technology. We cannot fail to recognize it.

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