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[envira-gallery id=”1399″]The Director General Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Maj Gen Bamidele Ogunkale has said that beside the core mandate of production of arms and ammunition as well as other ordnance requirements for the nation’s Armed Forces and other Security Agencies, the Premier Industry also has the mandate to decommission obsolete weapons for the Armed Forces and para-military agencies.

The DG stated this at DICON Ordnance Factories, Kakuri, during the decommissioning exercise of 2,149 assorted obsolete weapons belonging to the Nigerian Customs Services, NCS.

According to the DG, the issue of threat to National Security has of recent, become a global phenomenon which Nigeria is not insulated from, stressing that the military and other security agencies would always need new equipment to replace obsolete ones for them to remain on top of the security challenges, while decommissioning obsolete ones especially the weapons.

“Weapons are decommissioned when they become obsolete in order to prevent them from falling into the hands of adversaries or subversive elements within the society”, he said.

Gen Ogunkale noted with delight that the business relationship between the NCS and DICON spanned three decades. He added that in 2009, the Corporation supplied over 3,000 AK 47 Rifles to the NCS as well as organized Refresher Course for the armourers, unserviceable weapons were also refurbished at the Premier Industries for the NCS.

The DICON Boss further reiterated that the vison of the Corporation was to meet the materiel requirements of the Armed Forces and other security agencies as well as the foreign policy needs through improved production and commitment to international best practices, adding that the Corporation also embarked auxiliary services such as repair cum servicing of weapons.

The DG who expressed delight with the patronage enjoyed from NCS said he was looking forward to receiving more weapons for decommissioning, stressing that the Service might have a large cache of obsolete weapons in her formations spread across the country.

      “I also wish to humbly remind the Customs that the Corporation is also ready to offer advanced courses for Armourers after successful completion of the initial refresher course”, he said.

He equally expressed profound appreciation to the management, officers and men of the NCS under the able leadership of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hammed Ali (Rtd) for following the laid down procedure in the decommissioning of obsolete weapons.

      In his remarks, the representative of the Comptroller General of Customs expressed satisfaction with the way the decommissioning exercise was organized by the DG DICON and his management staff, adding that the ingenuity noticed within DICON’s industrial domain was highly commendable.

He further stated that with the local content policy in place, NCS would always be willing to patronize DICON.