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It has been revealed that the Nigerian Army is sourcing for N1billion to fund its vehicle manufacturing company to produce indigenous armoured fighting vehicles.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, made this disclosure while during the closing ceremony of the Nigerian Army Combat Arms Training Week on Saturday at the shooting range of Nigerian Army Infantry Corp, Jaji, Kaduna state.

According to him, the inventions of the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) will provide more sophisticated combat vehicles to counter terrorists and other insurgents

Buratai said: “The innovations by the Nigerian Army in the areas of equipment production, localizing and bringing back vehicles and equipment that are hitherto abandoned, is another major achievement that we recorded.

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“You have been promised by the group managing director of NAVMC that in the next three to four months, we should have brand new vehicles originally produced by the Nigerian Army for use in the Army and the general public that may find it useful, especially the paramilitary agencies. This we believe will transform the Nigerian Army and Nigerian industrial companies, when we start mass production.

“We are already sourcing for the sum of N1billion to support the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company. We a have a number of investments in the Army that have been generating huge amount of money and we will take a loan from there to support Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company to realize our dream of producing indigenous armoured fighting vehicles and to continue to maintain our existing equipment.

“Military equipment are never obsolete, with maintenance culture of the military globally, vehicles and equipment of the Second World War are still useful in other parts of the world. The firepower demonstration today is the last activity of the combined Combat Arms Training Week (CATWEEK) and the Chief of Army Staff 1st Quarter Conference.

“This Conference has brought us together to assess what we have so far achieved in the first quarter of 2019,” the COAS added.

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