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Buhari unveils made in Nigeria Armored vehicles “Ezugwu”
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday unveiled domestically produced mine resistant ambush protected automobiles named Ezugwu and different armored automobiles designed to hold out insertion and extraction of troops,counter-terrorism, assault, supply of excessive fire power and urban warfare.
The News Agency of Nigeria reviews that the automobiles have been unveiled in the course of the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, holding in Kaduna.
Other major and secondary armaments unveiled on the occasion included anti-aircraft weapons that also carry a crew of twelve commanders, two gunners, driver and eight troopers.
“These armored vehicles that were produced by DICON are testimonies that government’s effort is yielding positive results.
“It is encouraging to note that, the Nigerian Army as a critical element of National power is involved in innovative and inventive ventures to become an Army to be proud of in the future by all Nigerians.
“There is no doubt that a lot has been achieved by the Army since my assumption into office.
“Our administration has continued to provide resources for the execution of transformational projects with the aim of modernizing the Army to be better positioned to perform it’s constitutional roles,“ the President stated.
Buhari highlighted the collaborative moves of the command engineering Depot with relevant indigenous organizations to promote local content gears towards developing Nigeria’s Military Industrial Complex.
In this regard, it is pertinent to acknowledge the establishment of the Army University, Biu, the Army Resource Center in the Army War College to further boost intellectual capacities in the forces,“ he said.
Buhari also commended the Nigerian Military for the establishment of Army Cyber Warfare Command, Fifty Space Command and the Land Forces Segregation Center.
He stated they had been laudable efforts geared toward repositioning the Military to deal with rising and future threats to Nationwide safety.
Buhari described the Nigerian Military Conference as an avenue for strategic leaders and operational commanders to appraise, assess and consider the Military’s actions for the year 2019 in addition to make projections for improved engagements in 2020 and past.
This kind of self assessment is being sustained because it is critical for the professional development of the Nigerian Army. One of the cardinal pillars of our government is the provision of security,“ he stressed.
The President appreciated men and officers of Nigerian Army for their relentless effort in securing the country, noting that “many personnel have lost their lives, some have sustained injuries and a significant number have been away from their families for a long time.“
Governor Nasiru El-Rufai in a goodwill message stated Kaduna State was honour to play host to many army formations which brings numerous advantages to the state.
We are proud of the leadership of the Nigerian Army. Here in Kaduna, we cannot forget the role the Nigerian Army plays in encouraging peace and security across the state in the last four years.“
He stated the Military had helped to revive peace and stability within the Southern Kaduna by instituting an operational base.
We appreciate the initiative, innovative and investments undertaken by the Army which by extension benefit our people.
El-Rufai revealed that, the assembling of automobiles for the usage of the Military have kicked off in Kaduna, along with the Peaugeot Vehicle Assembly plant.
DICON is also starting garment for the armed forces and para military agencies.
“We are establishing a cluster garmenting that will produce not only military and para military uniforms, but also civilian clothing for domestic and export.
“We are going to take advantage of that and we are very grateful to the Army for being that catalyst for development,“ El-Rufai said.