The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has collaborated with a local engineering company for the production of spare parts needed to keep its fleet in top shape.
By Precious Igbonwelundu
This followed the scaling down of non-essential commodities by global manufacturers due to certain restrictions caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
This partnership which was at the instance of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, was in furtherance to the service’s commitment to boosting local content in line with Executive Order 5 of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Nation reports that the Commandant, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Abdulganiyu Olabisi, led a delegation of senior officers to Trannos, an engineering firm in Ogba, Lagos, for inspection of the facility.
According to the NAF, it was interested in developing local contents, especially in terms of procurement, development of science, technology and innovation.
Speaking to reporters after the tour, Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the mission to the company was to seek ways of collaborating as the NAF did with Ibeto and Innoson.
“Trannos is another logical step in that direction of developing indigenous solutions to our technological challenges as Nigerian Air Force. Some of the issues that are involved are the production of spears, necessary roadtables for our aircraft because the NAF is a highly technologically-driven force,” he said..