Badaru tour Kaduna DICON, hub of Nig defence equipments production nation.

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By Joy Odor

The Minister of Defence, Muhammed Badaru Abubakar has said that the new Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) bill signed into law by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will stimulate the economy thereby making Nigeria to be self reliance in the manufacturing of Military equipments and hardwares.

The Minister who stated this during a one-day working visit to DICON industrial complex in Kaduna, affirmed his satisfaction with the level of work done on the factories visited which was made available to newsmen in a press statement by Henshaw Ogubike, the Director (Information & Public relations).

According to him, when the works are completed in conjunction with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Nigeria can now be a hub of defence equipments production nation.

The Minister who was conducted round DICON facilities by the Director-General of DICON, Maj Gen AE Edet, visited DICON Imperium Facility, DICON Primer Cap Factory in Kachia and the DICON Ordnance Factory amongst others in Kaduna State.

“I am happy that many companies are showing interest in investing in the production of Military equipments in Nigeria. And I can confidently say that when all the factories under DICON are commissioned soon, we will be able to produce all our defence needs locally. I can say, so far, so good,” he said.

He commended Imperium DICON Complex, Proforce Nigeria Limited, EPAIL Ltd and a host of others for investing massively in local manufacturing of defence gadgets and equipments, which included bulletproof vests, ballistic helmets, guard booths and assembly of light Armoured Assault Vehicles.

The Director General of DICON, Major General AE Edet thanked President Bola Ahmed Bola Tinubu GCFR for signing the DICON bill into law as well as the support from both Ministers of Defence saying that the new law would stop importation as all Nigeria needed would be produced locally.

He said that with the level of partnership with other indigenous companies, Nigeria would soon become a heavy supplier of defence gadgets and equipment not only to other African Countries but to the world at large.

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