The Nigerian military has visited Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to collaborate on ‘made in Nigeria’ warfare equipment, international security, defence technology transfer and other defence-related research efforts.
The military came on 3rd March 2021 from the Defence Headquarters, led by Major-General Victor Offiong on an evaluation visit to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for possible collaboration.
Maj. Gen. Offiong told the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, that “The decision by the Defence Headquarters to collaborate with the university and other relevant research and development establishments was vital for exchange of ideas towards tackling the country’s security challenges.”
He further stated that “The visit was essentially to streamline and harmonise the various research and developments with a view to saving cost, energy and avoid duplication.”
According to him, “Modern warfare was not all about strength and that visiting the university at this point in time would give the Nigerian military an edge in its fight against insurgency, banditry and kidnapping.”
Others who were with General Offiong, including Commodore AR Akinwale and Lt. Col. BGA Mohammed from the Defence Headquarters, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor and his management team for the warm reception accorded them.
While reacting, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Danladi A. Ameh, thanked the military team for the visit and assured that the university would be willing to collaborate with the Nigerian Military on any area that would enhance their performance.
During the visit, the military team members toured around the Faculties of Physical Sciences, Engineering and Social Sciences where they freely interacted with various subject experts for collaboration.
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