President Muhammadu Buhari Friday directed the nation’s armed forces, police and other security outfits to procure their uniforms and other kits from the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).
The president gave the directive at the foundation laying ceremony of DICON Research and Development Center in Kaduna.
Buhari, who was represented at the forum by Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, directed ministers of defence, police affairs, and interior to ensure strict compliance with the directive.
He said the project was a demonstration of government’s determination to encourage public-private partnership through foreign direct investment.
The DICON is putting up a garment industry in partnership with a Turkish firm and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
The president said: “I hereby direct that the Nigeria Armed Forces, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other paramilitary and uniform agencies to procure their uniforms and relevant accessories from this factory when it becomes functional.
“I am aware of the challenges faced by the armed forces of Nigeria in the area of procurement of military uniforms and accouterments especially on standardisation of fabric quality design, as well as misuse of military uniforms by imposters and criminals.”
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