Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Defence Research and Development Bureau (DRDB) in the field of Research and Development of Military foot wears of the Armed Forces for national security.
The partnership according to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Birtus Bako Nabasu is part of Nigeria’s drive to diversify the national economy and conserve foreign product.
At the signing ceremony, in Abuja, Mr. Nabasu said that the MoU is also expected to provide the platform for exchange of technical knowledge and experience acquired in the design, production and use of goods for military operations.
Mr Nabasu says the Ministry of Science and Technology is fully committed to the full implementation of the MoU as it is in line with the Executive Order No.5 for the planning, execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian Contents in Contracts Sciences, Engineering and Technology and with the upsurge of security challenges in the country.
The Permanent Secretary added that the collaboration is also ”expected to strengthen ties in technical development in the goods related to the militarily and the setting up of a production line for military footwear.”
The Director-General of Defence Research and Development Bureau, Air Vice Marshal Jomo Osahor said that the singing of the MOU would save Nigeria N20bn annually from the cost of importing Military shoes.
Air Vice Marshal, Osahor stated that ”it would provide the platform for easy modification to suite every situation in view of the fluid nature of the battle field.”
The Acting Director-General Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology Dr. Eucharia Oparah had said that the bilateral partnership between both parties was expected to revive the economy, reduce capital flight, improve security, create employment and promote made in Nigeria goods.
Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) is an agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology.