The Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRIA), a Civil Society Organisation, has called for more patronage of products from the Defence Military Corporation (DICON).
Mr Melvin Ejeh, the Executive Director of the organisation made the call in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
Ejeh also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what it called “his political will to promote local content” with the signing of Executive Order 5 into law.
He noted that the president’s action to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components was commendable.
He appealed to President Buhari to mandate all the arms of the military and other security outfits of government to cut down cost of foreign exchange emanating from foreign purchase of arms and ammunitions.
Ejeh said that DICON products were of high standard like anywhere in the world, hence the need to patronise them.
He further commended the giant strides of the corporation in innovation and production of world-class medical ventilators, ammunitions, military gears, wares, vehicles and other non-military products.
According to him,the feats were achieved by “the current re-engineered and repositioned DICON under the leadership of Major General Victor Okwudili Ezugwu.
He appealed to Buhari to direct all security and non outfits of Federal Government in the country to patronise the rich array of Military and non military equipments produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria
He said that doing this would help grow our local economy while contributing to the fight against all threats to our national security”
“It is not morally and financially wise for some of our agencies to still be spending money abroad for military and security hardwares that are produced more cheaper and better in Dicon,” he said.
Ejeh, therefore, appealed to all heads of security agencies in Nigeria to visit DICON to see for themselves the kind of technological innovations that are going on in the industry.
“With the right kind of patronage,DICON can compete with any defense industry in the world.”
While appealing to Nigerians for more patronage of DICON products, he hailed the president for his determination to move the country on the path of development through indigenous products.
It would be recalled that while signing the Executive Order 5,President Buhari had directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies,MDAs to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security project.