Armed Forces sets up research agency to improve proficiency

Adoba Echono, Abuja

Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche

Nigeria has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen its Armed Forces through research and development.

The country’s Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, made the commitment at an event to mark the 90th Anniversary of the founding of Chinese People’s Liberation Army, PLA, at the Chinese Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.

Major General Enenche announced that the Defence Headquarters in Nigeria was creating an independent research agency which would help in the proficiency of the country’s armed forces.

The Nigerian Defence spokesman said that lessons could be learned from the progress the Chinese People’s Liberation Army had made in the 90 years of its existence and extolled the relations between the both countries in the areas of security and intelligence sharing.

“Lessons can be learned from the progress the PLA has made in the 90 years of its existence.

“They have advanced so much and you can see the technology, the equipment they have and they have their production line; so it is wonderful to celebrate with them, Major General Enenche explained.

“What I am taking back to the Nigerian Armed Forces through the Chief of Defence staff is to ensure that we remain focused and ameliorate our research and development.

“Already it is in the pipeline; the defence headquarters is creating an independent research agency and a bill has been passed in that regard; before long we will grow, just like China,” he said.

Major General Enenche commended relations between the both countries in the areas of security and intelligence sharing.

On his part, the Military, Naval and Air Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Senior Colonel Wang Runxu, said the relationship between Nigeria and China had unceasingly developed over the decades and expressed optimism in the sustenance of military cooperation between both countries.

“In the military area, the friendly exchange and pragmatic cooperation between the PLA and the Nigerian Armed Forces are fruitful. The cooperation in the defence industry and arms trade between our two countries has been strengthened.”

Senior Colonel Wang Runxu said that the military trade of equipment and donation from China to Nigeria played a positive role in counter terrorism, safeguarding maritime and airspace security and other military operations by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“For years the PLA has provided dozens of slots on annual basis for Nigerian officers to participate in military training courses in China which effectively promoted understanding and cooperation between the two militaries.”

He expressed optimism in the sustenance of military cooperation between both countries.

Senior Colonel Wang Runxu also noted that the PLA has been an active contributor to world peace regional stability contributing the largest number of troops to UN Peacekeeping missions among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.