Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Covenant University Develops Software To Check Illegal Arms Possession
that can help to check the menace of illegal possession of arms and
its proliferation in the country.
The software is known as the "Radio Frequency Identification (RID)
Enabled Ammunition Depot Management System''.
It was on display at an exhibition organised by the Nigerian Air Force
(NAF) Research and Development centre to showcase NAF's efforts in
equipment maintenance and management, in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the institution, Prof Aderemi
Atayero, who presented the product, said the software had a human
tracking capability and could be useful to security agencies in the
Atayero said the software was developed at the university in August
and was the result of the institution's efforts in the area of
research and development.
According to him, the technology is already in use at the university
to track the movement of staff and other key members of the university
In her remarks at the event, the Minister of Communication Technology,
Mrs Omobola Johnson, reiterated the commitment of the present
administration to support innovations by the nation's armed forces.
Johnson said that the modernisation and re-equipping of the armed
forces were of top priority to the present administration, hence its
emphasis on training and re-training of its personnel.
According to Johnson, the acquisition of new and modern platforms for
the armed forces and training of its personnel to handle such
platforms, clearly explained government's commitment to the armed
The minister said the effort to develop local capacity to maintain
some of the platform and equipment was a welcomed development and
should be emulated by other agencies of government.
Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, said the
exhibition was put together by the reinvigorated NAF Research and
Development Centre to encourage its internal mechanism for repairs and
maintenance of its equipment and aircraft.
He said that the new approach was adopted to address challenges
associated with the rising cost of aircraft maintenance.
According to Badeh, NAF cannot afford to be dormant, it must strive to
remain relevant even as the cost of maintenance of its platforms and
equipment continue to increase.
Badeh called on other agencies of government and research institutions
to collaborate with NAF to achieve its mandate in spite of the
dwindling resources allocated to it.
The six commands in the Nigeria Air Force and its Kaduna-based
Institute of Technology showcased some of their research works at the
The Training Command, Tactical Air Command and the Logistics Command
took the first, second and third positions respectively at the end of
the exhibition assessed by some experts.
The event was attended by the Supervising Minister of Defence, Mr
Labaran Maku, some legislators, service chiefs and the
Inspector-General of Police.
Other institutions that participated at the one-day exhibition
included, the University of Lagos, Federal University of Technology,
Minna and the Covenant University, Ota.
The rest included, NigComSat and the Nigerian Air Space Research and
Development Agency (NASRDA). [NAN]