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Nigerian Army Scores High in Local Production of Military Equipment

By Okosun Dennis


Nigerian Army has said that the force is gradually meeting some of its basic military requirements locally in the areas of armaments, lift capability, hard skin vehicles and tanks as well as troops’ carrying vehicles in line with the local content policy of the federal government of Nigeria.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa in a statement in Abuja.

He said that the production, retrofitting, refurbishment and repairs of different military hardwares came to the fore when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. T. Y. Buratai visited the Command Engineering Depot Kaduna on Thursday.

It was learnt that the COAS was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, who was accompanied by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division, Maj. Gen. Usman Mohammed.

He conducted the representative of the COAS round the various specialized sections of the Depot where a lot of progress is being made in the areas of production of locally made Conqueror Mines Resistant Ambush Protective Vehicles (MRAPS) retrofitting and repairs of different guns and tanks of which many have so far been manufactured, refurbished and inducted into the North East and North West Theatres of Operation in Borno, Yobe,  Katsina and Zamfara States.

During the tour, eight more units of Conqueror MRAPS that have been completed, it was disclosed will soon be moved to the mission areas.

While at the depot, a lot of weapons repairs and retrofitting and repairs of anti-aircraft guns, General Purposes Machine Guns and Browning Machine Guns are ongoing, and were inspected by the Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army.

General Angbazo also toured the poundry section where the casting of spare parts is taking place.

He expressed satisfaction on the speedy and progressive development of the depot and enjoined the Commander, his staff officers and men as well as the civilian staffers to maintain the momentum and raise it to an enviable position. He conveyed the commitment of the COAS to support the depot to meet its targets at all times.

The Commander of the Command Engineering Depot, Maj. Gen. S. Araoye said “Here we manufacture MRAPS, we produce different spare parts and are also at the final stages of coming out with unmanned vehicles to traverse difficult terrains and detect Improvised Explosives Devices”.

Speaking further, he said that all projects at the Depot are fully authorized and funded by the Chief of Army Staff.

He said that with precision equipment like laser cutter, the productions can be speed up at the Depot, adding that all their research is guided by the Federal Government policies.

Also inspected at the Depot were the newly constructed quarters for officers and men of the depot.


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