The Honourable Minister of Aviation (HMOA) Senator Hadi Sirika, says the aviation ministry will partner with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in various areas, including airports security. The minister said DICON has the capacity to produce efficient, strong and reliable hardwares for the military and agencies of government that are critical to national defence, security and economy
He said he must also be frank to say that he has seen areas of cooperation and collaboration The HMOA said that the outcome of the collaboration with the cooperation and partnership between aviation and DICON would be in the best interest of the country. He said that the Aviation Ministry would certainly also sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DICON. He further said that in his own opinion, he thinks the Federal Government should invest hugely in DICON in the area of research and development and production of other military equipment. This would certainly put Nigeria on the world map of technological advancement.
According to the HMOA, there is pure science and technology exhibited in DICON under the leadership of the Director General, Maj Gen VO Ezugwu. He said the DG has changed and reposition DICON in one year.
He said with what he has seen in the Corporation, Nigeria we can practically do everything, example is the surveillance vehicle which could be used in our airports to monitor perimeter fences and roads production of ammunitions and a lot more; we are highly impressed and it had changed my thoughts, hitherto when you say DICON, I think of furniture
He said as politicians, he has also see the social angle, in terms of employment that it brings about, it’s a glory for our country,” the HMOD stated. The HMOA pledged to advocate for more funding for DICON and to deepen research and development
The DG DICON welcomed the collaboration with the aviation ministry, saying that it was in line with the Executive Order 5, directing ministries, departments and agencies to leverage on local content.
The DG DICON also said DICON is cashing on the directive of Mr President to make sure the Corporation affords the Ministry of Aviation arrays of defence related equipment that are suitable for security in the aviation sector. By doing this, we are hoping that our surveillance equipment production, ballistic equipment will be of immense contribution to the development of aviation security,” the DICON director general said