The National Metallurgical Development Centre (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, made this known when he hosted a Technical Team from DICON led by the Team Leader, Commodore Friday Ekpa who are on a two day tour to the Centre in Jos.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Head of Press and Public Relations of the Centre, Mr Sunny Eweama.
Professor 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.
The NMDC Director General who explained that following the call by the President Muhammadu Buhari on the utilization of local raw materials pledged readiness to partner DICON in technical know- how available at the centre to boost the economy growth of the country.
“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.
In his remarks, the Director General of DICON Major General Victor Ezugwu who was represented by Commodore Friday Ekpa 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 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 our major problem.We are looking inward to develop our local content and this agency has a lot that we can benefit from,” Ekpa said.
The DICON team undertook tour of the NMDC in Jos and areas visited included the Analytical Laboratory, Tin Smelting, Mechanical Testing and Foundry Workshop.