Nigeria to start local production of weapons ~ Buhari | The Scoper Media
Muhammadu Buhari said he has instructed the Ministry of Defense to create a modest military-industrial complex for the local production of weapons to meet some of the requirements of the country’s Armed Forces.
The President disclosed this at the opening of a two-day Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat organised to assess progress made towards the achievement of the nine key priorities of his administration.
He explained the establishment of the industrial complex would address Nigeria’s over-dependence on other countries for military equipment and logistics.
He said the project is being implemented under the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), a military department responsible for arms manufacture.
On other efforts to strengthen national security, the President said it was gratifying to note that Nigeria has received six A-29 Super Tucanos.
He said the propeller-driven aircraft are being used for training, surveillance and attack by the military.
The President also assured Nigerians that the 11.9km Second Niger Bridge, 120 km Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and other key projects under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) will be completed within the second term of this administration.
Among those who gave goodwill messages at the opening of the event were the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Amina Mohammed; while the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, delivered a speech.
The event was attended by top members of the administration and the federal civil service, including ministers and permanent secretaries.