President Tinubu Asks NDA to Invest in Scientific Research and Technological Innovations

President Bola Tinubu has asked the authorities of the the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA to access the support it requires to invest in scientific research and technological innovations, as well as developing prototypes and concepts that align with local content policies of the Federal Government. 

President Tinubu, who was represented by his deputy, Vice President Kashim Shettima, said this today, 30 September 2023 during the passing-out parade of Cadets of the 70 Regular Course, Direct Short Service Course 27 (Army) and Direct Short Service Course 31 (Air Force) of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna

The President noted that: "The future of our great country doesn't only rest upon the valour of these young patriots but also the curricula with which our warriors and scholars are formed. 

"If we must take the centre stage in protecting our people, this Academy must access the support it requires to invest in scientific research and technological innovations and develop prototypes and concepts that align with the Federal Government's local content policies. 

"This esteemed institution was founded to lead the way and boasts research centers dedicated to exploring scientific inquiries and translating the our grandest ideas and theories into reality. Now is the time for us to be the model for the continent." 

Welcoming the young cadets as they join the ranks of the nation's patriotic heroes, President Tinubu congratulated the Commandant and the entire NDA community for upholding their noble tradition. 

The event witnessed parades, march past, presentation of prizes to best graduating Cadets, conferment of commission, presentation of parchment of commission as well as administering of the oath of allegiance. 

The passing-out parade was well attended by eminent dignitaries, including Senate President, Sen. Godswill Akpabio; Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Ali Ndume; Governors Uba Sani of Kaduna State and Kefas Agbu of Taraba State; Deputy Governor of Borno State, Umar Kadafur; Minister of Defence, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru, and Minister of State for Defence, Alhaji Bello Matawalle. 

Others are Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, and Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Maj.-Gen. John Ochai, among others.

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