The Director General of the National Metallurgical Development Centre, NMDC, Prof. Linus Asuquo has spoken on the need for collaboration among government agencies in order to realize the objectives of the Presidential Executive Order 5.
Professor Asuquo made this disclosure while playing host to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Isiaka Oladayo Amao who was represented by the Director, Research and Development, Air Vice Marshall Nnaemeka Ilo at the NMDC Head quarters, Jos, Plateau State.
According to the DG, the synergy is capable of moving Nigeria from a consuming nation to a more productive and industrialized nation.
Asuquo who was represented by the Director, Research Development and Consultancy Services, Dr. Dorcas Joseph emphasized that President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law Executive Order 5 which is primarily aimed at Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contract and Science Engineering Technology.
‘We all know how China transformed itself from a third world country to a first world country through domestication of its local content legislation”
It explains that with deliberate and conscientious partnerships among government agencies through the implementation of the Executive Order 5, Nigeria would shift from a crawling third world economy to a competitive and enviable global economy.
He explained that despite minimal funding the NMDC was transformed from a moribund stage to a more lively and attractive Research and Development Centre especially in the areas of infrastructural development , procurement of R and D equipment and collaborations with relevant Agencies.
On his Part, Air Vice Marshall Nnaemeka Ilo who represented the Chief of Air Staff said the visit to NMDC was on a fact finding mission after reading so much about the Research and Developmental strides taking place in the centre
He explained that with the R and D equipment and expertise promised, NAF was ready to partner the centre for optimal service delivery.
He pointed out that the Chief of Air Staff was so passionate in ensuring that the Force explored local materials and expertise through collaboration with other organs of the Armed Forces and civil establishments for the building, maintenance of Aircraft and manufacturing of defense equipment.
He therefore, tasked the Management of NMDC to get ready for the process of signing an MOU, when he submits his report and sought approval from his Boss.
The Deputy Director R&D, Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force, Wing Commander Abdulahi Hussaini while lending his voice said that Research and Development in Nigerian Air Force plays a pivotal role in adding value to the overall realization of the mandate of the Force.
He suggested that with proper understanding between the Chief of Air Staff and DG/CE, NMDC, Air Force Research Centre, Kaduna and NMDC, Jos, Nigeria will soon be recorded among the committee industrialized states thereby reducing humongous amount of money spent on the importation of materials and expertise which can be sourced for locally.
Air Vice Marshall Nnaemeka Ilo and Prof. Linus Asuquo