- Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission says Nigeria will start local production of uniforms in January 2023
- According to the commission, production will ramp up producing uniforms for the country’s military and paramilitary personnel
- In order to boost the local economy, those responsible are expected to source all their raw materials from Nigeria
FCT, Abuja – Nigeria will begin local production of uniforms for its military and paramilitary personnel from January 2023, according to the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
The Manufacturing Project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Joint Venture between Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) and Sur Corporate Wear to create the Sur Corporate Wear Nig. Ltd.< /p>
The collaboration with DICON Sur, which will extend over a concession period of 20 years, will be used for the manufacture of uniforms for the army, navy, air force, police, civil defense and other military and paramilitary organizations.
At a meeting at the initiative of the ICRC, the commission’s acting director-general, Michael Ohiani, had tasked all those involved in the project with solving any problems that existed during its completion of the factory and report to the commission in a week.
At the newly scheduled meeting chaired by Dr. Jobson Ewalefoh, Director of the Department of Contractual Compliance (CCD) at the ICRC, he urged all stakeholders to ensure that the project is completed within the stipulated timeframe.
The director said that the project is very important to the nation as it will curb capital flight, create over 920 jobs and will also be a pride for the nation to produce its own uniforms.
He added that going forward, the DICON Sur joint venture is expected to start sourcing all of its raw materials from Nigeria.
< blockquote>“The fact that we produce our military and paramilitary uniforms locally makes us all proud. It’s a pride we all must hold up.
“Sudan produces its own military equipment and I know that DICON can do that if they have the right support.”
He assured all stakeholders that the ICRC, as part of its regulatory role, will work with all relevant government agencies to expedite the ongoing process of obtaining offtake approvals when production begins in January.
He hinted that it’s going on; the ICRC through the CCD will prioritize the DICON Sure project and as such will monitor its progress until it is completed.
He promised that the ICRC would continue to intervene, to carry out PPP projects are running smoothly.
Speaking at the interactive meeting, Sur Corporate Wear, Nig. Ltd. Managing Director, Burhan Can Karabulut, commended ICRC management for taking action and ensuring the project ran smoothly.
He also extended the investors’ praise, adding that following the ICRC’s intervention and the subsequent stakeholder meeting the investor agreed to release funds for the completion of the project.
He said that the company has so far taken the project to 68 percent completion and added that the remaining funds for the project we will release soon rden to meet the completion goal.
“When work resumes in July, we expect to be able to start the Start of commissioning but this January commissioning will not be 100% production.”
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Ohiani made the announcement at the concession signing ceremony recently.< /p>
The concession agreement was entered into between the Nigeria Customs Service and Trade Modernization Project Limited with Huawei Technologies as the technical partner and Africa Finance Corporation as the main financier, all of whom were under the regulatory supervision of the ICRC.
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Ohiani said this during the first meeting of the Nigerian Public Private Partnership Network, a forum bringing together all state-level PPP leaders under the coordination of the ICRC and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum.’