By CrossRiverWatch admin
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, has charged officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to evolve ways that would enhance professionalism in the force.
Olonisakin gave the charge on Wednesday while declaring open the 2015 Fourth Quarter `Research and Development’ Conference of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at the Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross River State.
He said that it was time for the Nigerian Army to brainstorm and evolve new ways of addressing emerging and future security challenges using technological breakthrough.
“The Nigerian Army is contending with different security challenges in the North East.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated us to develop our own technological breakthrough and this conference is a gate way to that success.
“Several technological breakthroughs the world is enjoying today are as a result of military Research and Development’’, he said.
Speaking, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, stressed the importance of Research and Development in societal growth.
Buratai said that the emerging security challenges in Nigeria underscore the need for the military to revamp its Research and Development apparatus to address the challenges.
“There is a need for the military to look inward and adopt innovative ways of addressing the emerging security challenges in the country.
“Future success or otherwise of military operations would be largely dependent on the ingenuity of the various Research and Development units.
“In the past five months, we have made remarkable success in the fight against Boko Haram. We must sustain that zeal’’, the COAS said.
He charged TRADOC on the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices detection equipment, fabrication of weapons and vehicle parts, Special Forces weapons and accessories among others.
Earlier, the Commander, TRADOC, Maj. Gen. Mobolaji Koleoso, said that the conference would provide a forum for experts to evolve better ways and strategies of addressing emerging threats to national security.
Koleoso said that strategies adopted at the forum would be in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff.
“I am optimistic that the forum will discuss topical research issues that would be beneficial to the Nigerian Army in defeating the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria’’, he assured.
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