WorldStage Newsonline-- Participants at the First Nigerian Army research and Innovation Summit have asked the National Assembly to pass into a law the Bill on National Policy on Research, Development and Innovation before the end of the third quarter of 2017.
Rising after a three-day deliberation which featured members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), academia, private security companies and equipment manufacturers and lawmakers, the participants identified the passage of the bill as a key component for research and innovation for the Nigerian Military.
It was also noted that lack of legislative backing for the National Policy on Research, Science and technology Innovation in Nigeria is impeding the progress of research efforts especially as it relates to self-dependence in military equipment.
The Summit with the theme, Research and Innovation: Developing Synergy with Indigenous Institutions for Enhanced Capacity in the Nigerian Army, was aimed at leveraging on government policies and programmes towards enhancing Research and Innovation for improved operational efficiency in the Nigerian Army, fostering relationship with the private sector in research and innovation for enhanced capacity and generating ideas that will help steer research and innovation efforts towards attaining self-sufficiency in military production in Nigeria.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the summit, participants recognized the need for effective research and innovation towards the enhancement of Nigeria’s military capacity and closing the technology gap through the adoption of Reverse Engineering and Re-engineering methods.
While regretting the lack of national culture on research and innovation, the participants identified the need for national research institutes to collaborate with the Defence Industrial Company of Nigeria (DICON) and other military workshops and institutions to improve research and innovation in the AFN.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in his closing remarks said the Summit has fulfilled its core mandate and promised that the Nigerian Army will take the recommendations seriously.
The Army chief also promised that the event would be an annual feature in the calendar of the Nigerian Army as a drive towards achieving self-dependence in military production.
The Summit featured exhibition of military equipment from local and foreign manufacturers and opther indigenous productions from the Nigerian Army Engineers Corps.