Military Hardware Production: Army, DICON, UNILORIN Sign MOU
In a bid to ensure quality production of both civil and military hardware in the country, the Nigerian Army (NA), Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), and University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development of composite material for Armour Plating.
At the Army Headquarters (AHQ) Conference Room, Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, who represented the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, disclosed that the collaboration between the three institutions found its roots from the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C’s) Executive Order 005 of 2018, for the development of local content in science, engineering and technology (SET).
According to Lt. Gen. Adeosun, who is the Army Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), the executive order is expected to promote indigenous technology that will assist in the production of both civil and military hardware.
He said: “It is in this vein, that the Nigerian Army seeks to collaborate with indigenous professionals in planning, designing and execution of projects to enhance national security.”
Adeosun, expressed confidence that the three parties involved in the MoU signing stand to benefit mutually, hence, they should painstakingly respect and implement holistically, the terms of agreements as espoused in the MoU.
On his part, the Director General (DG) of DICON, Maj. Gen. Victor Ezeugwu, noted that among other benefits, the MoU will bring about a reduction in the nation’s dependency on foreign military equipment, thereby saving hard-earned foreign exchange in the country.
“It will also boost the development of indigenous capacity in research and development, especially towards attaining self-sufficiency in the production of both civil and military hardware, together with other sampling products,” he said.
In his remark at the event, Prof. Suleiman Abdulkareem Age, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of UNILORIN, assured that their university will continue to conceive potent ideas on how to improve and also improve the status of the country’s military men.