The Nigerian Army is gradually meeting some of its basic military requirements locally in the areas of armaments, lift capability, hard skin vehicles and tanks as well as troops’ carrying vehicles which is in line with the local content policy of the federal government of Nigeria.
The production, retrofitting, refurbishment and repairs of different military hardwares came to the fore when the chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai visited the Command Engineering Depot kaduna on Thursday.
The COAS who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army Maj Gen Nuhu Angbazo was accompanied by the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Maj Gen Usman Mohammed.
The representative of the COAS was conducted round the various specialized sections of the Depot where a lot of progress is being made in the areas of production of locally made Conqueror Mines Resistant Ambush Protective Vehicles, (MRAPS), retrofitting and repairs of different guns and tanks of which many have so far been manufactured, refurbished and inducted into the North East and North West Theatres of Operation in Borno, Yobe, katsina and Zamfara States.
During the tour, it was disclosed that eight more units of Conqueror MRAPS have been completed and would soon to be moved to the mission areas.
While at the depot, a lot of weapons repairs and retrofitting as well as repairs of anti aircraft guns, General purposes machine guns and browning machine guns were on going, which were inspected by the Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army.
General Angbazo also toured the poundry section where the casting of spare parts is taking place.
He expressed satisfaction with the speedy and progressive development of the depot and enjoined the Commander, his staff officers and men as well as the civilian staff to maintain the momentum and raise it to an enviable position.
He conveyed the commitment of the COAS to support the depot to meet its targets at all times.
Speaking, the Commander of the Command Engineering Depot Maj Gen S Araoye said “Here, we manufacture MRAPS, we produce different spare parts and are also at the final stages of coming out with unmanned vehicles to traverse difficult terrains and detect Improvised Explosives Devices”.
He noted that all projects at the Depot are fully authorized and funded by the Chief of Army Staff adding that with precision equipment like laser cutter, the productions can be sped up at the Depot, pointing out that all their research are guided by FG policies.
Also inspected at the Depot were the newly constructed quarters for officers and men if the depot.
Meanwhile, General Buratai has expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work going on at the 44 Reference Hospital (Comilla Barracks) when he paid an assessment visit of the ongoing renovation works on Thursday in Kaduna.
The COAS was represented by the Chief Of Training and Operations Army, Major General Nuhu Angbazo accompanied by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division as well as some senior Army officers during assessment visit to the hospital.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa in an interview with newsmen at 44 Barracks, said that they were there at the instance of the COAS to assess the progress of renovation works at Commilla Barracks.
While briefing the press at the project site, Colonel Sagir Musa said ‘As you, can see the the Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army and the GOC I Division are here. We are here on behalf of COAS to assess the ongoing project at Comilla Barracks, and that the work has reached an appreciable level of progress’, he said.
He also said the Chief of Army Staff is taking the welfare of Army personnel and their families seriously, hence, the continuous renovation of almost all Nigerian army Barracks across the nation.
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