The Minister of Science and Technology (FMST), Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the ministry would partner with the Ministry of Defence to meet the security needs of the country.
Dr. Onu stated this at the inauguration of the joint technical committee of the two ministries.
Onu maintained that such efforts would also bridge the technology gaps noticeable in the country.
According to the minister, the collaboration is part of the commitment of the present administration to ensure that Nigeria is able produce what it needs in the country.
The minister also said the technical committee would work out modalities for cooperation between the two ministries.
He said that the mandates of the committee were to close up technology gaps and develop capacity for the production of security needs in the country.
Also, part of the mandate was to promote science and technology in the security system for the overall benefit of the nation.
The minister stated that the committee would also create a platform for Nigeria to export goods and services to other countries.
“It will look at problems by using the tools of science and technology to create jobs, fight poverty and develop the economy”.
On his part Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Ali (Rtd), noted that the military had recorded more than 85% in the fight against insurgency.
He said the Defence Industry Corporation (DICO), would be replaced by the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) that had short, medium and long term strategies of five, 10 and 15 years duration.
“At the end of the period, it is expected that most of the needs of the nation will be met, even with the possibility of exporting to other nations,” he added.