SEMINAR DAY 3: Protecting Nigerian Defence Infrastructure With The Integration Of Emerging Technologies; Unmanned Systems In Perspective

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The Defence Space Administration (DSA) recently concluded its highly anticipated seminar for 2024. The event spanned three days and featured an array of expert speakers and interactive sessions aimed at fostering knowledge exchange and strategic planning.

The Day 3 lecture was focused on the pivotal role of Unmanned Systems in bolstering Nigeria’s Defence capabilities and data sharing.

The seminar’s comprehensive coverage of emerging technologies and strategic initiatives signifies a proactive approach by the Defence Space Administration towards strengthening national security and fostering innovation in Defence operations.

The day 3 and final lecture of the Seminar kicked off with an enlightening lecture by a Senior Space, Science and Technology Officer, Engineer Mustapha Suleiman Usman, from the Directorate of Navigation Positioning and Timing on the topic: “Protecting Nigeria’s Defence Infrastructure; Harnessing emerging Technologies, with focus on Unmanned Systems.” He elaborated on the various classifications of Unmanned Systems and showcased the DSA personnel on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations and training, and the use of Unmanned Systems by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

Furthermore, Engr Suleiman advocated for increased private sector investment in the development of Unmanned Systems. He proposed the establishment of Unmanned Systems base in Border States and the creation of dedicated Engineering workshops focused on Research and Development in this field.

The seminar transitioned into a stimulating interactive session, where attendees actively raised observations and recommendations. As a token of appreciation, souvenirs were presented to the esteemed panelists for their invaluable contributions. Additionally, certificates were awarded to participants, recognizing their commitment to enhancing their knowledge and expertise in Defence technology.

The ceremony dovetailed into the presentation of Communique by the Assistant Director, Launch Service and Safety, Wing Commander MS Ikara with which observations and corrections were raised to enhance the quality of the Communique.        

The climax of the event was the vote of thanks by the Deputy Chief of Defence Space Administration (DCDSA), Rear Admiral KJ Odubanjo, followed by an insightful closing remarks delivered by the Chief of Defence Space Administration AVM AA Shinkafi which there after the seminar was brought to a close with the CDSA expressing gratitude to all participants for their dedication and contributions.