President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, in Kaduna commissioned the first home made bullet proof vest produced by the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).
According to the President, the event has again signalled that the “nation’s military establishment has effectively keyed into the Federal Government’s Local Content Policy which is aimed at building indigenous capacity in the petroleum and other sectors of the national economy.”
While commending the Public Private Partnership (PPP) between DICON and MAROM-DOLPHIN Nigeria Limited which gave birth to the domestic production of the bullet proof vests and other textile wares for the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies in the country he said,
“My administration would continue to create the requisite enabling environment for local manufacturing industries to grow, become major employers of labour and progressively become globally competitive.”
President Jonathan noted that the Nigerian Navy’s locally designed and constructed Seaward Defence Boat which he commissioned about a month ago in Lagos and the Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) locally produced by the Nigerian Army Engineering Corps marked the beginning of the end of the nation’s total reliance on foreign suppliers for the country’s security needs.
President Jonathan accompanied by the governors of Kaduna and Bayelsa States, ministers, members of the National Assembly and the Chief of Defence Staff among other top government officials, also inspected weapons made by DICON-MAROM.
DICON was established by an Act of Parliament in 1964 to primarily “produce small arms and ammunitions for the use of the Nigerian Army, paramilitary and security agencies in the country.”