In line with Executive Order 5 for the development and promotion of local contents, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and a Lagos based manufacturing company are exploring the possibilities of a partnership in the area of personnel training and equipment fabrication.
In an address at a facility tour at the company by a delegation of the Nigerian Air Force, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, represented by the Commandant, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Abdulganiyu Olabisi said the Air Force was seeking sources of local input for its operations by way of partnerships with Nigerian Universities and manufacturing companies.
Air Marshal Abubakar said such partnership were necessary for the Nigerian Air Force especially for the fabrication of Aircraft components.
Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said in line with the Presidential Order, the Nigerian Air Force was seeking to develop indigenous solutions to its technological challenges.
Managing Director of the manufacturing company, Mr Jude Abalaka said the partnership was for capacity building and equipment fabrication as the Nigerian Air Force places high premium on technology, and such partnership would boost the level of local content in the operations of the Air Force.
The delegation of the Nigerian Air Force led by AVM Abdulganiyu Olabisi also included; Chief of Standards and Evaluation, NAF HQ, AVM Nnamdi Ekeh, Chief of Aircraft Engineering, NAF HQ, AVM Olumide Olatunji, Director Research and Development, NAF HQ, AVM Paul Jemitola, Chief of Staff, Logistics Command Ikeja, AVM Cosmas Ozougwu, Director of Public Relations and Information, HQ NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola and the Commander 301 Heavy Airlift Group Ikeja, Air Commodore Mike Onyebashi.