Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, the Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), has condemned the continual dependence of the country on foreign technology saying that Nigeria is still ranked low in technological attainment despite her vast human and material endowment.
Gen Olonisakin said this while talking during the opening ceremony of the 4th Quarter Research and Development Committee Conference of the Nigeria Army held yesterday in Obudu mountain resort, Cross River State.
Despite decrying the continual reliance of Nigeria on foreign technology, he lauded the resolution of the armed forces of Nigeria to invest in research activities. He mentioned that the country was threatened with lots of security challenges which according to him, the armed forces was dedicated in many aspects in handling these challenges.
He emphatically said that the armed forces would not be able to achieve any lauded result if it continued to rely on only foreign technology. The veritable way to self-sufficiency as highlighted by Gen. Olonisakin is synergy via continuous research and development.
He mentioned that as a means of achieving this goal, President Buhari has ordered the military to develop the defense industry of the country in order to improve on defense production.
This mandate according to him can be realized if the military remains dedicated and put into use all the human and material resources of the country. Technological development as he said can be achieved if there is technical institutional collaboration by relevant stakeholders.
He called on the military to surmount all obstacles to realize this mandate saying that the military initiated all the military several technological breakthroughs enjoyed in the world today.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai in his keynote address has said the military would always keep to the internationally accepted best practices while carrying out their internal security operations.
Lt. Gen Buratai mentioned that the military has made remarkable progress in their fight against insurgence in the North East. He assured the people that his men would be guided by country’s extant laws.