The Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) has entered into partnership with Messrs Sur Corporate-wear of Turkey to enable manufacturing of Military and Paramilitary clothing and accessories factory in Kaduna.
It is to this effect that a compliance Certificate was formall presented to the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) by the Infrastructures Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) at a brief ceremony at Ship House, Abuja.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali who was at the ceremony stated this during his presentation of the full business case compliance certificate by the Infrastructures Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).
The compliance Certificate will enable the establishment of the Military and Paramilitary Clothing and Accessories Factory in Kaduna, under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) and the Messrs Sur Corporate-wear of the Republic of Turkey.
“Let me start by congratulating all Nigerians for giving another 4 years mandate to our noble leader President Muhammadu Buhari to lead this great nation to the next level. This event is particularly significant because it represents a cardinal milestone in a fairly long process which had since commenced towards the realisation of the dream of consummating this important Joint Venture Business outfit.
Let me therefore, congratulate the Ministry, the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) and our prospective partner in this venture, Messrs Sur Corporate-wear of Turkey on this historical occasion,” said Mansur.
“Over the years, it is regrettable that Nigeria has relied heavily on importation of not only military hard wears and ammunition but also clothing and accessories. Decades of existence of DICON has not significantly achieved the desire to change the Nation’s fortune in this regard. The Government is therefore committed to the task of establishing a functional Military Industrial Complex that will provide indigenous support for adequate kitting and equipping of the Armed Forces,” Mansur added.
The Director General, the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Major General Bamidele Ogunade said that after obtaining the needed approval from the DICON Board, a memorandum of agreement was signed for the take off process to begin.
He added that Nigerians stand to benefit immensely from the project in terms of employment and revitalization of textile industries.