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Buhari Tasks Defence Ministry On Production Of Weapons

Posted: Aug 7, 2015 at 6:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari has ?directed the Ministry of Defence  to produce a plan for the establishment of a modest military industrial complex  to produce weapons for the country’s armed forces locally.

Speaking at the graduation of the National Defence College, Abuja, Buhari said Nigeria’s current dependence on other countries for critical military hardware and logistics was unacceptable.

According to him: “We must evolve viable mechanisms for near-self-sufficiency in military equipment and logistics production complemented only by very advanced foreign technologies.

“The Ministry of Defence is being tasked to draw up clear and measurable outlines for development of a modest military industrial complex for Nigeria.

“In this regard, it is to liaise with other strategic MDAs and industries to re-engineer the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) to meet national military hardware and logistics requirements.”?

The President also said that his administration had reviewed the nature and character of Nigeria’s  security threats and challenges.

“We recognised, first and foremost, the external dimensions of these threats and the need for international cooperation and common security mechanisms to tackle them,” he said. ?

Buhari ?added that in the light of this realization, he was convinced that the best approach was to work within the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) to mobilise a collective regional effort in the fight against terrorism.

The President urged  the graduates and officers and men of the Nigerian armed forces to work harder to win the war against Boko Haram, terrorism and insurgency.

He further assured  them that  the Federal Government under his leadership would strive to meet the operational, logistic, training and welfare requirements of the armed forces.