We’re trying to manufacture military hardware’

We’re trying to manufacture military hardware’
July 28 20:57 2016

The Commandant, National
 Defence College, Samuel Alade,
says the Nigerian military has
begun taking steps towards the
manufacture of military
hardware.
Mr. Alade, a Rear Admiral, said
this in Abuja on Thursday while
 addressing journalists after he led
the Course 24 of the college on a
visit to Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo at the State House.

According to him, the Defence
Industry Corporation of Nigeria
(DICON) in Kaduna was being
strengthened to produce arms
while the military industrial
complex will produce heavy
military equipment.
“We have an institution that was
established basically to help
develop production of hardware.
“That is the Defence Industry
Corporation, which is located at
Kaduna.
“That institution is being
strengthened; I believe that in the
new dispensation a lot of things
will start happening.
“As we speak, they produce rifles
and some other hardware.

“But I can assure you that we
have started.
“Just recently we had a defence
cooperation workshop with South
Africa and that workshop was
held at the Defence College and
that is the beginning.
“We want to develop our military industrial
complex and within that framework we will
be able to manufacture hardware and even
the software as well.’’
In August 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari
had directed the Ministry of Defence to design
a plan for the establishment of a military
industrial complex for local production of
weapons.

He gave the directive at the graduation of
Course 23 of the National Defence College in
Abuja.
Mr. Buhari had said that such weapons, when
produced, would meet some of the
requirements of the country’s armed forces.
He had described as unacceptable, Nigeria’s
over-dependence on other countries for
critical military equipment and logistics. Alade said the group visited the vice
president to submit some policy proposals to
the Federal Government on how to effectively
administer the country.
He said the proposal emanated from the
recent workshop at the college with the topic
“Youth Bulge in Nigeria and its implication for
National Security’’.

Alade said the presentation was a way of
contributing to national development and
national security.
According to him, the students made some
useful suggestions on how to move the
country forward especially on youth
development.
He said the presentation would continue
based on the directive of the presidency
adding that the college was ready to conduct
various researches to engender development.
On the battle against insurgency and militancy
in the country, Mr. Alade expressed gratitude
with the military for defeating Boko Haram.

“Obviously, we are winning the war on
insurgency; you are aware of what the
military is doing in the North East.
“Of course we can conveniently say that there
is no more Boko Haram; we have defeated
them.
“When you talk of issue of insecurity in the
Niger Delta, you are aware that discussions
are on and the military, if called upon, will
usually give their assistance to civil authority,’’
he added.

(NAN)