PROFILE OF NIGERIA’S NEW DIRECTOR OF DEFENCE INFORMATION, COLONEL RABE ABUBAKAR

Colonel Rabe Abubakar was born on 7 April 1965. He hails from Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State. On completion of his secondary education, he proceeded to obtain his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was later commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1989.

Since commissioning, the senior officer has held several Command and Staff appointments some of which include; Coordinator Joint Media Centre at the Headquarters of the Joint Task Force Operation in the Niger Delta, Commandant Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI) Lagos and the Executive Director Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Army Welfare Limited.

He has also attended several courses including Company Amphibious Course and National Defence College, China.

His hobbies include Jogging, Badminton and reading.

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  1. OKOMONIKA says:

    Well a very good resume we hope he can do a better job but i think dat a lt.col is good enough for d job.

  2. Oje says:

    I remember this face. He was part of the army committee that presided over the court martial of the soldiers who mutinied and attacked their Base commander. The Nigerian army until recently was known to be arguably the most disciplined in the region, discipline and professionalism go and in hand, the alternative is chaos and chaotic is what has characterized our war efforts in the Jonathan administration.

    I hear Boko Haram is making overtures to the Nigerian government for talks, i dont know how credible this is, Oga Beeg could you elaborate?

  3. smartboy2000 says:

    This looks like a good move from General Muhamud Buhari, my prayer to God is that this gentleman that has been picked would put forward the Nigerian Military narative related to this ongoing counter terrorism.

    God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria !!!

  4. Are James says:

    Ex NSA goes for broke on social mediahttp://dailypost.ng/2015/08/06/dasuki-releases-images-of-sophisticated-weapons-acquired-under-jonathan-photos/

    • solorex says:

      I have not seen the sophistication he is talking about-T72,regular Steyr Trucks, Alpha Jets, Modified F7s………This is not Sophistication, its deceit! Buy1 Tavor for the cost of 3 @ over $4,000. NBC protection is a 3 decade old technology-all you need is to pressurize the hall to enable nothing comes in when the hatch is open. Sophistication !

      • Are James says:

        I had wanted to send same thoughts on post on PR Nigeria telling him this ..but thought better of it.
        If Alpha Jets and F7NI upgrades are sophisticated weaponry then we are still in the “fighter bomber” evolutionary stage with these people. Full blown lobotomy is what is required of these people. On the Tavor, a similar acquisition was there in the budget as far back as five years ago – 1 million Naira for one rifle…I believe ONSA under him just copied and pasted thst price and sent it to the vendor…Give us Tavor rifles at 1 million.

  5. jimmy says:

    Regrettably Col Dasuki was NSA for three years, in three years ,
    Nigeria waited till q1 2014 to procure T-72, m-17, mi24/ 35, apcs and more importantly did not see fit to ramp up production of the IGIRIGI
    I will purposely restrain myself from critiquing Col Dasuki Sambo (rtd) because it will turn into a political diatribe but even from a purley objective standpoint based on the job requirements of the NSA he failed miserably.
    Nigeria had the option to buy more Weapons from Russia,China but the obssession with all things American continued unabated. So we bought less and blamed it on Embargo this is the problem IMHO that I have with him crying wolf now does not cut it.
    The PMB administration needs to understand that “there are many entrances to the Market place”.
    They should not commit the same type of mistakes, it is sincerely hopes the current NSA Brig .Gen Monguno ( rtd) and the new CDS Maj .Gen Olonishakin will believe that there NO.1 priority is to tell the President the truthno matter how upsetting it may be, Honesty, integrity and loyalty to Nigeria must be part of the job qualification

    • Kola Adekola says:

      Oga Jimmy, we showed lack of seriousness. For instance, there is no embargo that can withstand gargantuan quantities of raw cash. Imagine what would have happened if we had said “we want weapons, this is $4billion on the table, it is part of a rolling yearly plan that will increase with our GDP.”

      Even America would have forgotten the entire existence of the Leahy law to sell us M1Abrams, strykers and other potent goodies.
      For $4billion ready cash, even Lucifer will repent and sing “Halleluyah.”

      Instead we went for decades old Cobra helicopters. How we present ourselves matters a lot

  6. jimmy says:

    To the CAS Nigerian Airforce Air Vice Marshall,
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadique_Abubakar
    Dear Air Vice Marshall Sadique Abubakar
    Please tell the President the truth about the Procurement needs of the NAF
    Thank you
    Yours Sincerely
    Jimmy
    P.S. The greatest testament to your legacy to serving Nigeria is by being Honest.

    • Edijust says:

      Interesting,the man is practically advocating that Nigeria be given the priviledges of a non-NATO US ally: It is rather disturbing that our leaders have to constantly plead and grovel in their quest to procure sophisticated US military hardwares,afterall,other avenues are always available to explore.
      However,I can understand his stance;
      *Chinese hardwares are hardly battle-tested and are prone to damaging due to the fragility of their electronic components
      *Russian hardwares have the tendency to be “mono-climatic” in most cases: they only operate favourably in Russian{polar} weather and tend to break down in alien climatic conditions{except if they are reconfigured otherwise,like the indian SU-20MKI}.Also,Russia is prone to defaulting on mainteinance contracts,which makes them largely unreliable.
      *US military hardwares are mostly battle-tested,technically sophisticated and can be operated in any type of weather; making them vastly superior.The only problem is expensive purchase and mainteinance.

    • Kay says:

      I am now beginning to believe some of our defence hierarchy are seeking easy avenues to trade blame over why they failed to purchase required stocks while in office. Rather shameful! Many of the ex Soviet blocs; Serbia, Russia, Poland et al would have been willing to hand over newer, more rugged stuff than our constant bam bi ala to a western country that thinks very little of you.

      Besides with some of the recent price lists we are seeing, its now clear why there has been secrecy in previous arm purchases. All the prices seem inflated, from the Otokar Cobras to the latest. Little wonder after all the budgeted billions over the years, we are not seeing a lot by way of equipment bought.

  7. jimmy says:

    oga OZED , OGA ADEKOLA IMHO is spot on
    Much respect, it has been said by an American that Iknow that if Nigeria truly had a billion dollar procurement policy …… the issue of Human rights and Leahy law would of quietly receded into the background.Nigeria does not Saudia Arabia does that is why S.A. spent $35B between 2013/ 2014 and No one mentioned the Leahy Act
    Ethiopia still has people in Jail and HURRIEDLY released Journalist just as POTUS airforce one was landing, the reason given for his visit was Ethiopia’s strong support against AL- SHABAB fair enough, to cynical US critics they would say it is because of Ethiopia’s $billion purchases for Ethiopian Airlines which is arguably the best in Africa
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/376041/moral-case-against-ex-im-bank-why-are-we-encouraging-third-world-governments-buy
    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php/2013/09/15/ethiopian-airlines-orders-eight-more-dreamliners
    Point of CLARIFICATION: I am not taking anyside on the Ethiopian Political debate , I am just pointing out that even though Ethiopia has a very poor human rights record , they were able to secure LINES OF credit through the US EXIM BANK to buy the most modern US airplane the Boeing 787 DREAMLINER

  8. Oje says:

    Oga Kay, rugged you. Tell them please.

  9. Oje says:

    Africa’s richest and largest economy flying Al[ha Jet, an aircraft used for training by NASA and even private trill seekers is a disgrace and should not be encouraged. If they like let them strap a JDAM to it, it will not last 10 minutes in today’s modern battlefield.

  10. Oje says:

    Its beyond me those responsible for negotiating a $350 deal with China for 15 1965 era pimped up have still not been arrested. $350 million is more than the entire Defense budget of Chad and Cameroon. To put things into perspective here is what $360 million can get you in today’s arms market.

    12 Su-30 Fankers.
    12 Su-27SKM
    80 T-90 Tanks
    20 Super Tucano attack aircraft.
    20 Mig-29s

    With a paltry $350 million we can at a stroke build one of the largest and most modern air forces in Africa. $350 is roughly what Nigeria makes everyday day from selling crude. Add that to the fact there are nearly $40 billion in external reserves. Now here is the biggest puzzle in human history. A country at way, war that has claimed over 17,000 lives and killed nearly 300 soldiers, the best we have achieved in 6 years and $10 billion later is to upgrade a handful of Alpha Jets trainers, less than a dozen MI-24/35 Russian helicopters, less than 50 T-72 Tanks. Now we get pushed around by Chad, Cameroon, even hitherto insignificant Niger now publicly claim their soldiers are not Nigerian soldiers, they do not flee. Oh how the mighty have fallen.Is this fair on the Nigerian people? Is it fair on the soldiers having to risk their lives in the front, isit fair on you and i?Contrary to what i thought i realise not too long ago that those in charge of our military have no interest in taking advice and ideas from what is fervently debated and analysed here, in their selfish greed they live in their own world of corruption and two timing schemes.I am prolly the most disliked forumer here but i will not stop to condemn and criticize until we see visible changes and Nigeria regains the respect she deserves from the committee of nations.

  11. zachary999 says:

    http://aeryon.com/military/tactical-operations
    Now used by the Nigerian Army in its operations…

    • Akin Oges says:

      Wow… That’s what I am talking about! Thanks Oga zachary999.

    • Are James says:

      Very comnendable. This is a good for battlefield ops – like directing morar and long-range ground sweeping AA fire.
      This platform is going to be one of the few things we will praise NA for. We are not ungrateful armchair critics on this blog… just people who know Nigeria’s potential and won’t stop until we get where we should be.

  12. https://t.co/NJ3h12O26L Buhari orders Ministry of Defence to begin Military Industrial Complex formation. This is Exactly what we hv been asking for. Someone reads BeegEagles

    • Ola says:

      This is good news! I hope the government, together with the armed forces and domestic military industries already existing or industries with potentials to be role players will come together to get things done. I also hope they will take a rapid/aggressive approach to it and I hope they will not leave out smart brains from Universities in R&D.
      Let the government fund, regulate and monitor the different developmental programs that would be initiated, let the military present their list of needs with detailed specifications, let smart brains be drawn from the Universities, industries and military engineering complexes to work on projects. It’s time to bring Universities, DICON, NAEME, AFIT, Nigerdock, Proforce, Nigerian truck manufacturers, Innoson, steel companies -just to mention a few- together for national projects and service of the Fatherland. This could start off with offsetting three programs for each arm of the armed forces, One long term, one medium term and one immediate/short term developmental program for each arm, to start with. Vision 2016, vision 2020 and vision 2030? Certain aspects should be open to foreign expertise willing to transfer tech (contribution or sales), meanwhile, this is the time for secrecy, at the end, we’re only interested in results delivered in timely manner…please no embezzlement or abandoned projects with nothing to show for the money spent!
      To start with, I do sincerely hope Nigeria would no longer be importing ammunitions for small arms, mortars, non-guided ordinances, rockets, kits for soldiers and police. I also hope we would see a new standard issue rifle/personal weapon for Nigerian troops, variants of Igirigi, some military trucks, sisters of NNS Andoni, some FPCs and FACs, improved Gulma and Amebo within the next 5 years. In addition, I hope Nigeria would have an assembly/production line for Tanks, guided munition, and an aircraft program in view by the end of the coming 5 years.

      • mcshegz says:

        “meanwhile, this is the time for secrecy, at the end, we’re only interested in results delivered in timely manner…”
        think you meant “this is not the time for secrecy.”
        Don’t think i can add anymore to your thoughts oga. What we need is a collaborative yet competitive process, drawing willing brains from anywhere we can find; like Capt Tobias Wilcock mentioned in the previous thread, we need substantial amounts on the table to encourage willing participants which would make them understand that this is no joke rather a viable profitable venture. We know that the various talents needed can be found in this country when the process is transparent, and credible, they’ll come out and play.
        Oga Ola. I respect your hustle sir

    • mcshegz says:

      lets make sure to continue to involve the private sector in Nigeria’s military industry, we need all the brains, and capital we can get to provide sustainable and effective equipment for our military and also for export.
      Oga ekundayotemitope61. I respect your hustle sir.

  13. drag_on says:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/indian-air-force-beats-raf-120-in-training-exercise–using-russiandesigned-jets-10444466.html

    The Indians and British at logger heads again.That the argument exists is enough reason to get the Flanker.

    • Ola says:

      Interesting read. However, I would take it with some caution. No doubts the Indians are good and the SU-30MKI is a deadly jet, but I am not sure if push comes to shove, they would defeat RAF by the 12.0 margin highlighted here. I do believe though that our RAF boys lost against the IAF in some ways, that is why they’ve not been making noise in the media here. Training time for the RAF has been reducing and they are constantly complaining of training costs these days. But then, this exercise (as it is often the case) could be an another opportunity for the RAF to test the capability of the SUs, I would not Both platforms are good and on paper, the Typhoon seems to have an edge, but then the performance of the machines would ultimately depend on the pilots handling them.

      • eyimola says:

        It has to be the Flanker. I would love to see a Typhoon in NAF colours, but to me there is no comparison between the political and strategic advantages of the Flanker.
        +1 on the opinion that pilot training is what makes the difference in the real world where comparable aircraft are involved

  14. Centenary says:

    Am sorry sirs for just posting like that(since it is my first post here),av been following this blog since last year may and u guys av been an inspiration to me,av gain more insight in our defence capabilities(apart from d political interaction of last time which I am not a fan of),if no body is thankin u guys for your unbiased assessment I am saying thank you becos you av made a difference to me(u guys give me hope of a better Nigerian).av notice that u guys av always been arguing about western and eastern weapons of which one is better,the best solution is that we should buy every type of weapon we can lay our hands on from both east and west and study the both types together to produce our becos it is only then that we can produce weapons that av a blend of the both both only better then both of them that way we can av a true made in Nigeria weapon,just my one kobe thought

  15. Tobey says:

    I stumbled upon two of the latest videos released by boko haram..Its indeed shameful that the Nigerian army ever lost any battle to those clowns..Their strategy was simple;
    1. Ovewhelm N.A defences with Dshk-armed hilux vehicles stolen from the N.A.
    2. Smaller units sneak round and isolate N.A troops .
    It was extremely disturbing to me when these clowns emptied an entire N.A ammunition dump..what happened to destroying ammunition when a base is about to fall? The Court-Martial that was recently dissolved by PMB is a cheap political score that holds dire consequences for the N.A. Soldiers who desert their bases should be treated as cowards. SIMPLE. What is the overall strategy of Lafiya Dole? I can’t see a clear goal. The N.A leadership seems clueless about how to prosecute this war.. I guess that is what happens in an Army that sees itself as above the Nigerian citizens. In the U.S, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff knows that anytime the military fails in any objective, he will answer to Congress.. A few days ago, Mr Dasuki was revealed to have paid for 1200 Tavor rifles that were never delivered. Anyone who watches those BH videos will wonder if we have an army in Nigeria or just a bunch of cowards.. An entire base filled with over 5 APCs and a fully stacked ammunition dump was gifted to the insurgents and no one is facing the music? We come here to talk about buying Su-30s.. Do we need SU-30s to fight slipper-wearing AK and Dshk-armed illiterates? What has been happening to the defence budget of the last 3 years if our troops are still being transported in lorries meant for cows? The previous military leadership should be probed for treason.

    • Deway says:

      Thank you my brother.

    • saleh says:

      Its strange you call the men cowards and still talk about funny procurement by the NSA which reveals that the men were inadequately armed. Most of the cases in the CM had root causes from these cases of corruption being revealed. When the cesspool of procurement of POL opens, i guess you will understand why in most cases BH only had to bring along POL to collect the tanks and APCs

  16. mcshegz says:

    BUSINESSINSIDER.COM: A race car driver Jenson Button and his model wife were robbed of $464,000 at their holiday villa in the south of France, after burglars reportedly piped anesthetic gas through their air conditioning. No one was hurt.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. DAYUMN🙂
    French police have indicated that this has become a growing problem in the region with perpetrators going so far as to gas their proposed victims through the air-conditioning units before breaking in.
    Talk about dedication.

  17. jimmy says:

    oga BEEGS
    I posted something two days ago it is still awaiting MODERATION please can you look into it.

    • Are James says:

      This is cluefulness.

      • ozed says:

        No sir this is just a promise. A good promise but nonetheless a promise.

        It will be cluefulness when we actually see something delivered. And whatever is delivered must raise the bar from the Igirigi, NNS Andoni and Gulma RPV levels by moving from prototype production to sustainable mass production.

  18. jimmy says:

    http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2015/08/photos-senior-british-military-officers.html#more
    Something is about to happen
    This is the most senior British Military and in terms of ranking he is between #2 and #5.
    He did not come for the photo ops
    What did he really come for?
    He is meeting with the #1 Military person in the Armed forces
    questions , questions.
    OGA ZACHARY we are waiting I realise you are dealing with sensitive issues but, can you tell us what you know abouth the NAF, So much is unknown/ going on would be very grateful.
    P.S. Should we be grateful that the current CAS flew combat helios?

    • Are James says:

      The British will dangle mostly training.
      British training (irrespective of what we think of that country) is first class stuff teaching good platoon level organization, tactics and discipline.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        @ Are James, Your observation is seconded, the training is excellent and especially discipline and comportment of a fighting man, Word and term,” Soldier, Soldier” in deep English is explained as meaning Skilled Warrior

      • jimmy says:

        Let me be the third to AGREE with this option:
        q1/ q2 2015 the ARMED Forces have performed creditably well, and I no longer want to Harken back to the past, but look to the future
        What can the British offer?
        *Specialized training for the NCOs specifically for the Warrant officers and Seargents
        **( This is already on going) Deep sea diving of the Calabar Area for our SBS and Amphibious Army Counterparts.
        *** Inevitably the Chief of Army Staff MUST set up a training Facility in LAGOS/ CALABAR/ KANO for the HQ of SAS modeled Army SF

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        http://www.punchng.com/news/15-injured-as-soldiers-policemen-fight-in-edo/,
        May be we will stop seeing and reading this kind of nonsense from the papers

  19. solorex says:

    We need a new attitude of Enduring Legacy, starting a military industrial complex is a good idea, long overdue, but it will be at the mercy of politicians in the future. Politics shall be played with it; it may suffer from prebendalism, neo-patrimonialism along with standard issues of corruption and bigotry.

    I think we should seize this opportunity and do something bigger-something that will endure generations to come, that will withstand the worst of politicians that will transform lives of hundreds of thousands, something that cannot be destroyed by the will of men once it has taken roots.
    It is time for us to have an “INTEGRATED NATIONAL DEFENSE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN”

    The defence sector should not be built around the military only- this is an plan that is been discarded at the moment nearly everywhere except some unrepentant communist/dictatorial countries. The Defence sector should be build around (1) Military (2) Academic Intelligentsia (3) Civil participation

    We should not concentrate on manufacturing 500 igirigi ( recall our FGA Steyrs), We should concentrate on providing legal frame works , regulatory functions and financially endearing ambience ( similar to what you have now in the oil servicing sector )that will cause companies o sprout and sustain them . We have a local defense sector that is bigger than the whole of west Africa combined.

    We need a plan that can stand the test of our administrative weakness. I think the best way to go is to first setup an quasi-independent regulatory agency (MOD) that will regulate local manufacture and pass a local content law for certain equipment such as APCs, safety gears e.t.c.
    FG cannot put $2b in DICON in one year for now, but civilian business men can syndicate loan more than that year on year-so long as return is guaranteed. Nobody has ever sold us weapon at a loss- they sell because its profitable

    Put to death secrecy in procurement process, put in place a transparent tender floating and approval procedure. Design a local content law that will help the industry.
    The Military industrial complexes should not be managed by generals but by astute proven professional businessmen that have invested heavily under clearly defined regulation. Stimulate competition and watch the industry become a mantra. The companies will individually approach Academia with nice carrots for research help on their own, like it’s done in Europe an lately Asia.
    There are certain key areas that will not be attractive to defense companies (due to capital intensive nature and market uncertainty) and government can shoulder research and investment in those areas. DICON can join the competition like any other company.

    If FG insist that in 3 time years all vehicles procured for police must meet certain standards and assembled locally- we shall have a market of over 1000 specialized vehicles per year by then!
    Gain take for example- Say the marine Police require 400 boats over the next five years for 20 states, The Police requires 600 APCs for 36 states in the next 5 years and 10 helicopters; The Navy requires 10 OPVS, 20 IPVS, the Air force requires 30 assorted helix, 4 transport planes and 20 trainers, the Army requires 100 troop carriers, 100 APC. Combine this with hundreds of platform that will require maintenance and upgrade-If the industry is right and only 50% of this should be assembled locally with 2-10% local content; This will give birth to an over $4b industry employing tens of thousands people in 5 years- Just Think About it SA has sold over $25b arms in the last decade, its industry employs over 80,000 and it has become one of its greatest diplomatic tools! Yet we have more local requirement than them!

    • Are James says:

      There is a way to grow the Defence Industry sector organically. Any thing grown organically in Nigeria endures. The key is to have millions of stakeholders in rhe business like our GSM sector, Nollywood or refined products. So let there be a road map that targets SMES that would be part of the supply chain for artillery, small arms, MRAPs and rocket production. This would be machine shops with CNC machining, foundries and forgeries. For real high tech stuff- Radar , Electro-Optics and Signal processing, we need government working with universities and select private operators . Finally for short term needs , no need to wait , just do a joint venture with Pakistan , India or China with joint financing and manpower resourcing. That way we get the experience.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        @ Are James, Brilliant , It is a strategic and commercial venture, ti cannot be exclusively DICON, so he fear of civilian having military knowledge needs to be put behind, because they already do and have much more. It would open another dimension to our growth as a nation. Once matured the industry would cater for the need of our immediate region and beyond, with Nigerian ingenuity it will be Just like Nollywood and GSM.

  20. Ifiok Umoeka says:

    Oga Solorex, on point all the way. Perhaps, I should add that DICON should have a dedicated R&D department in the mold of DARPA and they should receive the required funding.
    That way, the Private sector would be un bundled of the high cost of R&D. Theirs is to manufacture in a commercially sensible way what has been hatched @ R&D.
    Add this to the legal and financial incentive as well as a properly laid out road map and we will be a country to watch.
    We need to revisit out defence plans and redraw them based on facts on the ground and contingencies that are probable in the future.
    However, this needs a national strategic vision as it foundation and it needs to factor in perceived opposition to this vision both domestic and especially foreign.

    On the private sector involvement, we must remember that any weapon sys is made up of parts…lots of part. Our focus should be what % of these parts can be produce in country. This involve machining as Oga Are has said but we must also pay attention to material science and put our metal and chemical industries in order. We will need high grade steel, aluminum, columbite as stand alone or alloys as well as composite. Ajaokuta, Alscon and the steel Rolling mills and all the petro-chem complexes need to be working well. These are the raw materials we will need.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      DICON reminds me of NITEL, though having all the Government advantage and infrastructure in every corner of Nigeria (Offices, Masts, Generators, etc), It was the only GSM carrier that failed to start off, leav the stage open and we would just be amazed like what happend in the GSM industry. Once people lack imagination and bottled up in only their own ideas, ther would be a problem.

  21. Ifiok Umoeka says:

    Also, 3D printing is and area of tech we must embrace rapidly. This is the future and jumping on board will shorten our learning curve

    Food for thought. In the 1990s, Russia was a mess and the rest of the world built and strengthened their Mil/Ind/complex. N.Korea got help for it rocket/missile projects, Iran laid hands on a number of cruise missiles (and missile technicians) amongst other sys, the West (US, UK, Germany, Poland…list is long) got help with several technologies (and more importantly state secrets regarding weapon sys), China laid hands on everything and hardware they could.
    The same can be said of Germany after WW2.
    Europe is in bad shape. Not as bad as Russia in the 90s but its bad. If we have a coherent plan, we could attract a number of out of job Europeans relevant to what we want. Add this to our ever growing number of super smart Nigerians in the Diaspora and @ home and we have a team to start our R&D. Add this to partners we could WORK WITH (notice I didn’t say TRUST)

  22. Oje says:

    Desperate Europeans flocking to Nigeria in search of better opportunities? where do you get your ideas from? Its easy to think we can just kick start an RnD complex out of the blue like that because we want to, thats not gonna happen, neither will Europeans have any incentive to come work for a non existent complex. First we need to fix out educational system, its broken and dysfunctional. Nearly %50 Western technological feat originates from the Universities. Nigeria will need a decade or more to kicstart any real and meaningful RnD culture. Science and Engineering in our educational institutions have to be made to world. Basically Nigerians are smart, smarter than other Africans on the average, but this is driven more by desperation than innovation from our Universities. To be innovative enough we need to recognize the need in the first place, revamp our educational system,and lots and lots of funding from the government. When do we start?

  23. Ifiok Umoeka says:

    Oga Oje, did u read all I posted? Perhaps u should go back and R-E-A-D! That’s easy na…then think and post! Try that pls, thank u

  24. Oje says:

    Why am i always attacked and made to look dumb each time i say something? Ok i will try and read all you posted.

  25. Oje says:

    I just R-E-A-D it and all i saw was C-R-A-P.

    • Are James says:

      Basically you are both making good points. Everybody who is not into sciences and engineering gets it wrong about what Research is and then what Development is and why we combine them when we are discussing Technology Management which is a common MBA topic anyway.
      To illustrate when Japan was riding in the 70s and 80s , the west used to deride them for their lack of basic “Research ” capability. So they were developing technology based products with out starting from scratch. The things they had were manpower and a government that subsidised technology development via copy engineering, buying licenses, doing contract manufacturing for other countries and downright technology stealing. The Japs learnt industrial engineering from US auto industry gurus, perfected it and became experts at lean production with Americans going back to learn that from them.
      To kickstart everything, Nigeris needs technology hubs which are livable cities with uninterrupted power supply, water, parks , theatre and what have you . This is to attract very highly qualified Nigerians from diaspora and is easily done for less than USD 2billion.You then need a road map targeting key technologis, six areas are enough.

      • solorex says:

        I think we place too much premium on diaspora intellect; it will be nice to have them but we should not wait forever. If need water, power, scenic parks, theaters, good road to get back them-its safe to say we still have at least a decade to miss them.

        I believe that sustainable market policy and proper regulatory practices is everything here.
        It there is a sure market with good returns-owners will find the fund and technology ( weather from diaspora or locally).You just need proper plan and ambience—-every other thing will fall in line.

        Somehow there are thousand of Lebanese and Italians in our construction industry practically fetching money the way villagers fetch water…….Countless expatriates in ICT and Oil Servicing industry…..Aviation technology is also reserved for them…. Somehow they are here working and happy about it!

        Starting with core R&D will be difficult- start easy-simple assembly and upgrades to existing platforms. Technology transfer can follow with light R&D

  26. Ifiok Umoeka says:

    Oga Capt. Greetings. I’d say we will aways need to start somewhere and that’s where we need some central effort to jump start the industry. Also, u have to consider security! There is a need for secrecy in certain area and that’s why we can’t just bare everything. The US can afford to bare all (they still don’t bare all) because most times, even when u know their capabilities, u get so overwhelmed and that’s one of their reason for non secrecy. There is always a LITTLE room for ambiguity!
    NITEL was made to fall because those who where supposed to engender it success where majority shareholders in MTN and the Econet wireless! Mtel would have given them a run for their money had it been properly managed.

    Oga Are and Oga Solorex, I agree with u, we will always need incentives and we need to start small. Starting is not easy and u need to start from somewhere. Everyone starts from somewhere. The point is having a roadmap and knowing that for it to be sustainable, u need to attract the private sector and to attract them, they need to kno how serious u are! China isn’t all private sector. Its a union of the gov, military, universities and expertraites. Everyone with a stake and a well defined role!

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Dear Oga Ifiok, Thanks for the education on the intricacies of the GSM, it is enlightening to know all the games behind the seen. but I must disagree with you on the matters of security as you mentioned, No Nigerian has more stake than the other group in the well being of the Country, not even the military except they are protecting another estate within Nigeria and not for all Nigerian, which will be a serious dis service to all. In reality, as of now every thing done by Nigeria Military is in the open and available to all interested none Nigerian, from flight crew qualification and performance , to locations and coordinates of airfields. The French presence all around our borders is not for pick nick, in case of hostilities with our neighbors, all data would be made available by the West.

  27. Ifiok Umoeka says:

    Oga Solorex, after 5 decades of exploiting oil in our country, we still need expertraites? Doesn’t that seem odd to u? That we can’t learn how to do it all and we need thousands of expertraites to make it work? I think its after the first 3 decades, it became an issue of control over resources just like a couple of African countries need mercenaries flying their first line jets. Call it an insurance policy.
    The Lebanese! Hmm, good as they are, they can’t stand the Ibos in plain bare bone business if the playing field was plain. Take away their contacts in government and a lot of them will go home or look for another country.
    If we are serious in moving forward as a country, we must put and implement policies that will bring about growth and development of the locals. We can’t continue to afford a sys that chases our best brains to Oyiboland while they send us their barely average legs who just come to harvest. We can’t go anywhere like this either.

    Parting shots, if we can maintain Europeans in our petroleum and construction coys where we have a reduce need for them, why can’t we poach Greeks and Ukrainians etc into R&D program or even the university sys?

    Oga Oje, good morning o! …Smiles

  28. Sir Kay says:

    Suspected pirates traveling by speedboat killed four soldiers and a policeman and stole weapons in a raid on a military base in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta region, the police and armed forces said on Saturday.

    The gunmen attacked the mixed military and police Joint Task Force (JTF) base at Nembe in Bayelsa state at around 11.30 p.m. (2230 GMT) on Friday, police spokesman Asinim Butswat said.

    The delta region is home to most of the oil and gas reserves in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer and also its biggest economy.

    “Four speedboats loaded with unknown gunmen, suspected to be sea pirates, attacked the JTF base at Nembe waterfront… killing four soldiers and one policeman,” said Butswat.

    The suspected pirates took weapons from the base, he said.

    He said a combined military and police team was searching local creeks to find the attackers.

    Defense spokesman Colonel Rabe Abubakar said “suspected oil bunkerers” carried out the attack.

    Oil bunkering, the process of hacking into pipelines to steal crude then refining it or selling it abroad, has long been a major cost to Nigeria’s treasury, which depends on oil for around 70 percent of its earnings.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/08/us-nigeria-oil-violence-idUSKCN0QD0I420150808

    • Sir Kay says:

      Only in Nigeria, wtf were the other soldiers and cops on that base doing while it was being ransacked, and the pirates even got away? this country is sad

      • Are James says:

        What the soldiers and cops were doing when it was being ransacked?’ – Extortion, women, food and strong drinks. I bet you that location is probably a junction of three creeks and your, gallant agile men in uniform were indulging in the old pastime of collecting road tax (creek tax) from the tens of fishing boats and ‘ bunkering’ boats . The pirates probably attacked the ‘base’ (I am almost sure it is a small houseboat) as an after thought or maybe that was the main objective. The JTF New helmsman needs to sit up. There is a tradition of slackness in deployed personnel in the Niger Delta that is needs to change immediately.

      • asorockweb says:

        Oga Are James, Don’t speak ill of the dead. You have no idea what happened; you were not there.

      • Are James says:

        I worked in that region for 10 years. I know those communities. I know the river routes and I am very familiar with the button down culture that prevails amongst deployed soldiers. Very few things I post are not based on practical knowledge and experience. Please take it from me ..saving the lives of the living is more important than speaking I’ll of the dead. They need to sit up in that place, civilians should not be disrespecting our military

  29. Ifiok Umoeka says:

    Oga Capt, sorry just saw this. The secrecy I talked of isn’t ironclad but on certain specific issues! Eg, u may know how many choppers I have but shouldn’t know how many are serviceable, whether my modifications has added 50kw more to it engine output or what added capabilities they have! Also, we must differentiate btw secrecy of what we buy and what we make! I will not advertise the makeup of the igrigri’s special armour for example if we have one. The Challengers Chobhalm armour is still suspect with regards to the details of it composition even though we know its ceramic based! That’s the kind of secrecy I mean!
    Also, because they French are peeping doesn’t mean that I should be easy on them, does it?
    I respect ur hustle sir

  30. Augustine says:

    A particular member of this Beegeagle’s blog suggested aeryon mini drones for Nigerian army operations last year 2014 sometime between June and September, he even gave weblinks of the manufacturer’s website and contact address in Canada, the aeryon quadcopter drone technical details and cost price were quoted here. This blog makes good recommendations, if the FG and DHQ will listen to us on procurement, Nigeria will reap the reward.

    aeryon is a very effective and battle tested cheap mini drone for about $100,000 per unit, Nigerian army should buy about 100 units minimum, it’s battlefield spy/surveillance on the go, man portable in a soldier’s backpack. Easy to learn operation in a few days.

    Thank you beegeagle’s blog, thank you NA, thank you Oga Zachary999 for the info.

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