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Terrorism: Military Industrial Complex Will Ensure Sufficient Weaponry

Posted: Apr 22, 2016 at 4:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Juliet Oyoyo


As the Nigerian Armed Forces continues its war against terrorism in the northern parts of the country and beyond, authorities at the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria, (DICON) has said that it will be the epicentre of the proposed Military Industrial Complex aimed at meeting the complete ordinance needs of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

DICON was established in 1964 to produce small Arms and Ammunition for the use of the Nigerian Army and other Security agencies. In addition to military hardware, the Corporation also uses its excess capacity to produce machinery spare parts for industries and other products for civilian use.

Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Emmanuel Anebi, Chairman of the Committee on Establishment of Military Production gave the assurance when he led members of his team, including General Abayomi Olanisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff on a tour of DICON Ordinance Factories Kakuri, Kaduna state recently.

The tour is part of ongoing efforts to work out modalities for the smooth take off of the Military Industrial Complex.

He noted that: “it was high time we moved beyond the level of mere rhetoric on issue of Military Industrial Complex to concrete action, as the project would no doubt enjoy the full support of the President.

“I did most of my courses in India. With my level of exposure there, I am quite optimistic that, if there is a political will, we can get it right just like India, Brazil, Pakistan and other nations which were once on the same page with Nigeria and got it right.”

AVM Anebi disclosed that “Most of the machines in various production lines in the factories were still functioning contrary to the impression of a moribund factory.”

He said that the Committee is impressed with the efforts of the Director General of the Corporation, Major Gen Bamidele Ogunkale and his team to reposition the establishment.

Speaking earlier, Group Captain Albert Bot, Director of Production, DICON Ordinance Factories, said that the Industry has of recent produced several military and civilian wares, and regretted that the industry had problems sourcing raw materials, which has hindered the production line of Arms and Ammunition.

AVM Anebi noted that “the envisioned Military Industrial Complex would be a conglomerate of various companies producing one Military Product or the other, while DICON will be at the centre to streamline or regulate all their activities. All these ideas are aimed at making the Armed Forces self sufficient in terms of local production of Military products”.