The Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) and the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Ondo State, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on science and technology.

DICON’s Director-General Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Ogunkale said the deal, which was signed at the corporation’s headquarters in Kaduna, will boost science research and efforts to solve national technological challenges.

He said: “With the signing of this MoU, I hope we can define our relationship or collaboration in specific terms to realise what constitute our defined objectives with clarity to both parties.

“Our areas of convergence and line of action have of also been clearly expressed and I am highly optimistic we can take the MoU to the next level.”

Ogunkale said the partnership was inspired by the Chief of Air Staff (COAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who, during this year’s Nigerian Air Force Day celebration, signed an MoU with DICON and 25 science and technology universities across the country.

According to him, such partnerships could help to stem brain drain.

He said: “Presently, we experience brain drain; our best brains travel out to develop other nations, most of which are already developed. I believe this situation we find ourselves in could be mitigated with the will of all stakeholders being expressed towards positive end.”



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