Vice-President, Namadi Sambo
Muhammad Bello in Abuja
The Federal Government has assured that the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) will be competitive to provide for the accoutrements and other hardware needs of the nation’s armed forces, paramilitary services and the police.
Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, stated this tuesday during the presidential committee meeting on the Review of the Structure, Operation and Activities of DICON, which he chaired in his office.
He stated that the framework that the committee would develop would ensure that DICON meets the objectives of its founding fathers, which was to ensure the local production of the needs of the country’s security forces.
The vice-president also called for synergy between DICON and its primary consumers.
In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Alhaji Sani Umar, Sambo expressed his desire to visit DICON, the Army Research and Development Centre in Abuja, the Naval Dockyard and the Air Force aircraft maintenance facility in Lagos.
He congratulated the Nigerian Army for developing and manufacturing a wholly Nigerian-made Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which was recently commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Earlier, the Director General of DICON, Major General S. U. Labaran, expressed gratitude to the president for setting up the high powered committee.
He noted that DICON had the capacity to produce various types of military hardware and other accessories.
He said the corporation also produces industrial machine parts for the Kaduna Refinery, adding that it had a world class welding facility and the capabilities to produce ballot boxes.
Sambo had inaugurated the committee on October 19, 2012.
The committee has the following terms of reference: to review the DICON Act and reposition it to effectively carry out its regulatory functions to ensure compliance with guidelines in the procurement in the country; to determine ways to encourage private sector participation not just in the activities of DICON but also in the production of military equipment; to propose a sustainable funding framework to enhance the development of defence equipment in Nigeria; to determine ways to encourage the patronage of foreign countries; to consider or otherwise the establishment of training institute. The committee has four weeks to complete its assignment.