Prof Jonah,who expressed desire to improve collaboration between NDA and his Center, said that the visit was aimed at familiarising himself with the Commandant NDA since the latter’s assumption of office, he reiterated the need for both institutions to expand existing ties between them.He disclosed that the Center for Energy Research and Training, which is domiciled at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, has maintained a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NDA since the 1980s, which enables Cadets from NDA Department of Physics to receive training on Energy and Nuclear Physics from the Centre.He therefore expressed hope that his visit would further enhance the existing collaboration.
In his response, the Commandant,NDA,Major General JO Ochai, expressed appreciation to the Director and his Team for the visit. He assured them that the existing collaboration will be further encouraged for greater mutual benefits.
Major General Ochai underscored the importance of the efficient harnessing of energy to human existence.
He disclosed that countries like,Japan, China, US and others with high energy capacity are more productive than those with lower concentration.
He therefore, revealed that NDA will continue to send its Cadet’s to the Center on Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) in order for them to learn more.
The Commandant further disclosed that NDA would soon organise a seminar on “Energy Transition and the Way Forward “where experts would be invited for presentations and bring forth recommendations and proffer solutions towards enhancing energy harnessing and utilisation in the country.Major General Ochai further revealed that with ongoing construction of a solar energy plant at the NDA Afaka Campus, NDA is a pioneer of ‘Clean Energy’ transition in the country.
During an interactive session with the delegation from Centre for Energy Research and Training, the Head of Department (HOD), Department of Physics, Dr JC Agomuo, revealed that Cadets of the NDA Department of Physics have benefited immensely from the Center through the SIWES programme, noting that the collaboration is commendable and should be sustained.
The highlights of the visit include presentation of souvenirs, signing of visitor’s book as well as tour of facilities at the NDA Solar Plant, where work has reached an advanced stage.