The Nigerian Army and indigenous vehicle manufacturing company, Innoson Motors are entering into partnership for the manufacturing of locally made military equipment’s and vehicles.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, announced this during a visit led by the Managing Director, Innocent Chukwuma and management of the manufacturing company to the Army Headquarters.
In line with the partnership, the Nigeria Army would acquire 100 variant of utility vehicles from the company to support its operations, especially in the North-East. Also, the army will partner with the company in the modification and production of other military equipment, including armoured fighting vehicles.
According to Buratai, the Army had already acquired 40 vehicles from the company after it donated three vehicles to the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole. He also noted that 40 vehicles were acquired after the donated vehicles were tested and found suitable for the North-East terrain.
Buratai has solicited for the cooperation of the company in building the capacity of its personnel as this is necessary now that the Army is assessing its special vehicle plant and central workshop located in Kaduna State and other areas in order to produce required equipment.
Managing Director of the company, has expressed delight that the vehicles the company had donated to support the counter insurgency operations were found suitable.
He commended the Nigerian Army for its patriotism and the success it had recorded so far in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists and also promised to assist the army in its quest for better vehicles for troops and resuscitation of its vehicle plant and workshop.
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