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Nigerian Army Seeks Partnership with Rivers State University

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Nosa Enobhayisobo

The Nigerian Army has solicited for the cooperation and collaboration of the Rivers State University, Port Hacourt in research efforts to aid the local production of Nigerian Army (NA) equipment, rations and products.

According to a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, the Chief of Transformation and Innovation (Army), Major General FO Agugo, said this during his visit to the university.

During his visit, Agugo briefed the Vice Chancellor Professor BC Didia that the visit is in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, especially as it relates to compliance and adherence to local content policy in all aspects of procurement and execution of projects in the NA.

He solicited for the University’s cooperation and collaboration in research efforts so that his department could be granted access to technical products the NA could adapt for military purposes.

He also expressed the COAS desire to ensure that most of NA equipment, rations and products are locally produced and supplied in line with the Local Content Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In his response, the Vice Chancellor Prof Didia welcomed the NA delegates and declared that a formal channel of relationship and communication has therefore been established.

He went further to grant the Director, Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) of the University, Mrs Eme Orlu- authority to share knowledge in any area of interest with the NA representatives.

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