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Buratai Commissions Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai yesterday commissioned the newly established Nigerian Army Vehicles Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) and the take-off of the production of the prototype of the light and heavy infantry vehicles at Rigachikun, Kaduna State.

A statement by the director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Sani Usman, noted that the event also featured facility tour of NAVMC’s production line, which include NAC-V production line, B vehicles assembly plant, fitter machine plant, engine overhaul shop, engine testing bay, fabrication, painting and spray shop as well as foundry and metal smith shop.

The COAS also commissioned some refurbished A and B vehicles and other equipment resuscitated by the NAVMC.

Those present at the historic occasion were Hon. Yusuf Zailani, Majority leader, Kaduna State House of Assembly; the chairman, North East Development Commission and former Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Major General P.C. Tarfa (rtd); the current Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade; principal staff officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders and Commandants of the various Nigerian Army training institutions.

There were also the representative of the Emir of Zazzau and other dignitaries, as well as officers and soldiers, community leaders and members of Rigachikun community.

A high point of the event was when the visibly elated members of the host community instantly decided to crown the Chief of Army Staff as the Garkuwan Rigachikun.

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