From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigerian Army to embark on developmental research for effective operations.
Buratai gave the assurance at the opening ceremony of the “Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, Nigeria Army Research and Development Conference (TRADOC) 2018”, at Command Army Records, Chari Maigumeri Barracks, Lokoja.
According to Buratai, the recent development in Nigeria Security circle underscores the need for Army to undertake research and development to curtail the security challenges such as insurgency, kidnapping, armed robbery, among others.
Buratai, who was represented by Maj. Gen. David Ahmodu, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army Headquarters, said that the conference was designed to allow for a more practical approach using technological innovation to solve security challenges
“These emerging security issues certainly require the readiness of the Nigerian Army in the area of training and equipment to counter them.
“As a developing nation, Nigeria has had to depend on developed nations for equipment for its military training and operations. Funding constraints, diplomatic and other bureaucratic bottlenecks have hindered the Nigerian Army to acquire the needed equipment for effectiveness of its operations. We cannot become self reliance if we continue to depend on other nations for our defence needs. We need to look inward through research and development,” he said.
He, therefore urged the participants to avail themselves of the unique opportunity to showcase their contributions to research and development in the Nigeria Army.
The COAS added that such disposition would enhance the resolve towards the attainment of professionally responsive Nigeria Army in the discharge of its constitutional role.
In his remarks, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, commended the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their efforts to ensure security of lives and property in the state.
Represented by his Deputy, Mr Simon Achuba, the governor urged the Army to improve on its research mechanisms by acquiring the needed technological knowledge to update its operations in line with international best practices.
Bello stressed the need for the Army to attain self sufficiency in weaponry so that their achievements would no longer be at the mercy of capricious decisions of the world powers.
He, however commended the Army over their professionalism in peace keeping operations and the display of their skills during the Nigeria Civil War, urging them to maintain the tempo.
Earlier, Maj. Gen. Atemoh Salihu, Commander Hqtrs TRADOC, thanked the COAS for his support and guidance towards the conference, meant to coordinate the research and development efforts of the various research institutions of the Nigerian Army.
According to Salihu, the aim is to harness the potentials of the Nigerian Army institutions and individuals to improve on the overall efficiency of the Nigerian Army.
“As the think-tank of the Nigerian Army, TRADOC considers Research and Development as appropriate safeguards against equipment and other technological deficits which have continued to plague the Nigerian Army,”Salihu said