By OLATOKUNBO ADESANYA
The Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos has expressed the desire of the University to have closer ties with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the area of Research and Development (R&D). The Vice Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Development Services, Prof Folasade Ogunsola, made this known when she led a team from the University to pay a courtesy call on the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on 22 February 2018. The visiting Vice Chancellor, who used the occasion to congratulate the NAF on the recent induction of its first indigenous operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), stated that the visionary leadership of Air Marshal Abubakar was, without doubts, contributing meaningfully to national development. While noting that the military drives R&D globally, Prof Ogunsola stated that the University of Lagos also possesses required competencies and would love to partner with the NAF to achieve the desired technological development in Nigeria. According to her, challenges serve as a motivation for the University to achieve more, adding that some of the University’s areas of competencies include nanotechnology, coding, cyber security and medical sciences, amongst others. She therefore expressed her belief in a mutually beneficial relationship between the NAF and the University of Lagos possibly leading to investigation of the crashworthiness of NAF’s UAVs and the development of software for UAVs, for examples.