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The Director-General Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) Maj Gen Bamidele Ogunkale has said the recent collaboration between DICON and Federal University of Technology Akure automatically gives fillip to a wider horizon of challenges that could be collectively solved in the overall interest of our beloved country, urgently in dire need of industrial growth and technological breakthrough predicated on robust research and development.

The DG while extolling the high educational standard especially in the area of science and technology over the years stated this during the official signing of Memorandum of Understanding MoU between DICON and FUTA at DICON headquarters Kaduna.

“With the signing of this MoU, I hope we can define our relationship or collaboration in a specific term in order to realize what constitutes our defined objectives with clarity to both parties. Our areas of convergence and line of action have of also been clearly expressed and I am highly optimistic we can take the MoU to the next level”, he said.

General Ogunkale further stated that he was inspired by what the Chief of Air Staff; Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar recently did during the recent Nigerian Airforce Day Celebration 2018, when he signed MoU with DICON and about twenty-five selected Universities of Science and Technology across the country including private universities, stressing that after the auspicious event he decided to hasten the premier industry’s collaboration with FUTA.

He asserted that with the passion for national development cum industrialization, both parties could attain the lofty goal of repositioning the nation to an industrialized Country in line with international best practices. “Presently we have lots of brain drain, our best brains travel out to develop other nations most of which are already developed and I believe this situation we find ourselves could be mitigated with the will of all stakeholders being expressed towards the positive end”, he said.

The DG reminded his audience during the signing of the MoU that the CAS also disclosed during the signing of MoU with those notable Universities that, some spare part of NAF Aircraft were fabricated by Covenant University. One of the Universities it collaborated with, stressing that such collaborative efforts have succeeded in saving the Nation huge scarce foreign resources.

“With DICON’s current efforts of collaboration with other defence related industries within and outside the country, as well as with other notable Universities in Nigeria, we also have the same mindset to save the nation of scarce foreign resources”.

The DICON boss further disclosed that the upcoming laboratories specially dedicated to metallurgical and material testing respectively are about 90% completed with state-of-the-art equipment being installed which would be one of the best in the continent of Africa, stressing that most of the equipment was imported from Sweden, Japan and Germany.

He further noted that FUTA would no doubt benefit immensely from the laboratories when fully completed, adding that DICON’s Research and Development Centre gave uttermost priority to R and D.

Earlier, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor FUTA, Professor PG Oguntunde who noted that FUTA had about 185 Professors and thousands of postgraduates holders had been rated as the best among other Universities of technology in Nigeria.

The Prof who lauded the efforts of the DG aimed at making DICON the pride of the Nation also expressed satisfaction with the giant strides the DG and his management team are taking in the area of upgrading DICON’s R&D Centre, metallurgical and material testing laboratories to a world class. He further stressed that with new laboratories in place it will save FUTA researchers and other researchers across the country research tourism where millions of dollars were being paid. Stressing that rather travelling out the researchers would be willing to patronize DICON.