OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has concluded moves to boost the country’s military industrial capabilities through the establishment of a Defence Research and Development Bureau (DRDB).
This is demonstrated through the passage of a bill to establish the bureau to “conduct and coordinate robust research and development in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.”
The proposed piece of legislation is sponsored by Mr. Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos), who chairs the House Committee on Defence.
A brief on the bill seen by this newspaper says “the bill seeks to create a Bureau with the objectives to conduct and coordinate robust research and development in the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN); coordinate the research and development efforts of the three services of the Nigerian Armed Forces; crystallize the results of scientific and technical research on defence items and equipment for public and private institutions; provides scientific technical information to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and allies amongst others.
“The functions of the Bureau are to enter into such agreement, liaisons, memoranda of understanding, cooperation, partnership, etc with such institutions, agencies, corporations etc, as may be necessary from time to time or desirable, subject to the approval of the Governing Council; be responsible for the discipline and welfare of its personnel; deal with matters relating to the discipline of military personnel in the Bureau according to the Armed Forces Act; conduct and sponsor studies and researches in military industrial production and related fields of studies amongst others.
“The Bureau shall be headed by a DG not below the rank of Major-General or its equivalents in other Services whose appointment and removal from office shall be in accordance with the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) to the Council for approval.
“The DG shall be a person knowledgeable in the defence related industries, who has demonstrated experience in engineering or science and technology and responsible to the Council for: Giving to the Council such information as to the activities of the Bureau as the Chairman of the Council may require.”