A Nigerian made Drone yesterday was inaugurated by the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on developed by the Nigeria Air Force for intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance in Kaduna.
The Unmarked Areal Vehicle, named Tsaigumi, is to boost the capacity of the military.
Buhari said: “From the military perspective, the added capacity for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance provided by the TSAIGUMI will boost ongoing and future security operations.
“As this project moves into the next stage, which is mass production, it would create employment and possibly generate revenue as Nigeria’s first military export product.’’
According to him, the A Nigerian made Drone yesterday was inaugurated by the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian made drone represents a leap in technology which shows that there is potential to use this same innovative mindset to addressing other areas of indigenous technological needs.
He said: “While I commend the Nigerian Air Force for this accomplishment, I enjoin you not to rest on this achievement but to strive harder in your research and development efforts for greater innovation.
“Be assured of this administration’s support towards the attainment of greater technological milestones for our nation.’’
Buhari emphasised the commitment of his administration to take Nigeria to the desired height we are all clamouring for.
He said: “We remain determined to overcome all challenges to our security and development as a nation. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with us to make our collective dreams of greatness a reality.
“Government remains determined, despite numerous challenges to bring about the much-needed CHANGE that will lift our beloved nation to its rightful place as a major economic and political force on the world stage.
“Part of our drive to achieve this goal is to enable enterprise and the improvement of the quality of life through massive improvement of national infrastructure.
“The role of the military as an enabler of national development cannot be overemphasized, as efforts would be futile if national security is not first guaranteed.”
He went ahead to commend the Armed Forces for their unrelenting effort in tackling the Boko Haram menace plaguing Nieria.
“In this regard, let me once more commend the gallant men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies, for their tireless efforts towards defeating Boko Haram and all other threats to our nation’s security, thus ensuring that the government can proceed with its developmental activity without hindrance.
“Let me again commend the Nigerian Air Force leadership for the unprecedented feat it has attained on Research and Development.
“Accordingly, its drive, determination and unwavering support brought about numerous significant innovations, not least of which is the TSAIGUMI which I am inducting today.
“It is indeed most gratifying that the Nigerian Air Force has gone a step further than simply acquiring them, to developing the Nigerian made Drone, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with indigenous technology.
“This outstanding accomplishment, which we are gathered today, holds promise of both military and economic benefit to the nation.’’