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Buratai at DICON; Salute Corporation for transformation in production of military hardware; convinced Nigeria will soon produce Helicopters & Jet fighters

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has expressed optimism that with the state of real transformation in infrastructure, equipment and general facilities at Defence Infustries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Nigeria is on the path of attaining self sufficiency in military armaments and hardwares. 

The COAS also expressed satisfaction on the level of achievements and transformation achieved within one year by the Director General Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DG-DICON) Major General Victor O Ezugwu. 

He gave the commendation on Thursday 25 June 2020 in Kaduna, during the one year anniversary of Maj Gen Victor Ezugwu as the DG DICON.

HBuratai said Nigerian Army has made sufficient investment to support DICON to accelerate research and development in local production of weaponry and assorted military equipments noting that the collaborative efforts and result oriented partnership between DICON and Command Engineering Depot Kaduna has achieved tremendous successes in repairs and production of vehicles and weapons for troops in different theaters of operations in Nigeria. 

“This ingenuity has not only boosted the morale and fighting spirit of troops, it has saved the country huge resources on importation of arms, ammunition and other military hardware and equipment.

The Army Cbief was conducted round the newly rejuvenated factories and some production lines where he inspected some products and materials produced by DICON after which he opined that with the level of progress of work and the zealousness of DICON Staff, soon Nigeria will start production of helicopters and jet fighters.

He expressed appreciation to the President, Commander – in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his numerous supports and directions.

Gen Buratai used the opportunity to reassure Mr President of unflinching loyalty, resolve and determination of the Nigerian Army to combating the myriads of security threats in Nigeria within the shortest time possible.

While commending the quality leadership of DICON, he urged the management and the entire staff to redouble their efforts with utmost dedication and selfless disposition to assigned responsibilities in order to consolidate on the successes recorded so far.

Similarly, the COAS also inspected multiple ongoing projects in Jaji Military Cantonment, where he performed the ground breaking for the construction of Polo Club House and Stable for Infantry Polo Club.

 He also planted a tree at Infantry Zoological Gardens in Jaji.

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