The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao has commended TETFund for its transformation efforts in various public tertiary educational institutions in the country both in infrastructure and funding of Research and Development (R&D).
Air Marshal Amao made the pledge when members of the Defence and Security Subcommittee of RDSC, paid him a courtesy visit at the Airforce Headquarters in Abuja .
He also pledged the support of the Nigerian Airforce for the establishment of National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF), being canvassed by the Research and Development Standing Committee (RDSC) of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
The Chief of Air Staff commended TETFUND for its sincerity in the disbursement of funds.
“We highly appreciate your commitment, and it shows that you are very sincere; that you want to spend money judiciously.
It is one thing to have an organization that is in charge of Research and Development.
it is another thing for the organization to also look for other institutions that will need those funds for Research and Development”.
According Air Marshal Alao, the Nigerian Air Force had to look inward to improve on the serviceability of its equipment, and see how it could also produce some of its own platforms through Research and Development.
The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro, emphasized the need to deploy technology in the fight against insurgency.
“Nigerian Airforce has been doing a great job in the fight against insurgency, and if it were anything to protect our territorial integrity, it requires the most precise technology. We cannot fail to recognize their role.”
He gave a brief insight into the history of TETFund and the Fund’s current drive at promoting the content component of its intervention, particularly Research and Development.
“The drive, culminated into the inauguration of the Research and Development Standing Committee (RDSC) by the Minister of Education in 2020, to lay the foundation for Nigeria’s knowledge economy.
I know that the Nigeria Airforce has demonstrated its capabilities. “
“All of us from TETFund; and on behalf of RDSC and the Defence and Security Subcommittee, are proud of what all of you are doing for our nation. You have laid your lives for us and history will judge you fairly”.