Nigerian army to partner top arms producers on weapon production - Buratai

Nigerian army to partner top arms producers on weapon production - Buratai

- The chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, says collaboration with renown manufacturers of military hardware will modernise the Nigerian army

- The army says the partnership will result in the manufacturing of modern equipment for military personnel

- Ministers and other appointees of President Buhari have remained in apprehension a month after his return from London

The Nigerian army says it will collaborate with renown manufacturers of military hardware across the world to produce modern equipment for its personnel.

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The chief of army staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, stated this on Wednesday, September 27, in an interview with newsmen during an exhibition organised by some world renowned manufacturers of military arsenal at the Army Resource Centre in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Buratai said: “our aim is to collaborate with these organisations so we can have the best to modernise our own army.

“Their presence here will help greatly to modernise the Nigerian Army in line with contemporary development in science and technology.

“That is why we are collaborating with them.

“They came from different parts of the world, and we are really seeing the impact, the result of their various researches.”

Some of the military hardware showcased at the event were armoured vehicles, helicopter, army aviation, artillery, communication, ballistic vests (bullet proof) and other equipment used by land force.

Mr Phectim Rowe, the director of Peconian Ltd, one of the organisers of the exhibition, stressed the need for partnership between the Nigerian army and international arms manufacturers.

Rowe said partnership was necessary in helping the army to produce modern equipment, using local content.

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He added that: “we’ve got a lot of military formations from around the world and lot of industries from around the world.

“We are working together, a lot of local collaboration and local content.

“We have a lot of international partnership because this event is about land forces; it is also about getting local content, working for Nigeria.

“We need manufacturers in Nigeria, as well as internationally, we can have real partnership in the military.”

Meanwhile, ministers and other appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari have remained in apprehension a month after his return from London where he spent at least 103 days over a health issue.

NAIJ.com learnt that the fear continues to grow because there was earlier speculation that the president could carry out a cabinet reshuffle once he returned from London.

The Nation also reported that the president was further expected to announce some reforms.

The report said some the president’s strategists are currently pushing for the retention of his Economic Team while seeking a split of the ministry of power, works and housing into three separate bodies.

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Source: Naij.com

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