The National Metallurgical Development (NMDC), Jos,is partnering with Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Kaduna, to locally source for raw materials for the production of arms and ammunition in Nigeria.
The Director-General and Chief Executive of NMDC, Prof. Linus Asuquo, disclosed this on Wednesday in Jos when DICON Director-General, Maj.-Gen.Victor Ezugwu, visited the agency to seek areas of collaboration.
Asuquo said that the partnership would boost the nation’s economy and reduce dependence on importation of raw materials.
He said that the agency had capacity to offer a wide range of services including the defence sector.
“We offer mechanical tests and failure analysis of components and structures.
“We also conduct chemical analysis of materials, determination of calorific value of materials, carbon sulphur determination, casting and other metallurgical research and development studies, amongst others,” he said.
Ezugwu in his remarks, said that the collaboration would assist his agency in meeting the consumables needs of the Nigerian military in the fight against insecurity in the country.
He said that DICON under his leadership was determined to explore all local means of manufacturing consumables as well as arms and ammunition in satisfying the needs of the nation’s security agencies.
He said doing so would boost the nation’s economy by reducing the over dependence on importation of materials that the country could produce locally from countries such as China.
“DICON will maximise the opportunities seen in various departments of NMDC in cutting the cost of importing some of the items used in the production of arms and ammunition.
“Raw material has been my major problem.We are looking inward to develop our local content and this agency has a lot that we can benefit from,” the director-general said.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that DICON director-general an his team undertook tour of the NMDC in Jos.
The areas visited included the Analytical Laboratory, Tin Smelting, Mechanical Testing and Foundry Workshop
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)
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