By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Nigerian Society of Engineers, (NSE), Kaduna State chapter s set to partner the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company, (NAVMC), Rigachiku in Igabi Local Government Area of the state in production of vehicles with local contents.
This was disclosed during a courtesy visit by the Society to NAVMC on Tuesday.
The team who was led by the state Chairman of NSE, Engineer Nasiru Dallatu Umar, said they were at the NAVMC to seek for collaboration to promote national development especially when it was discovered that the organization has local contents as it driving force.
Engineer Umar, stressed that there is need for a constant touch between NAVMC and NSE to also help in meeting the objectives of the company.
According to him, when there are viable infrastructure, Nigeria will be stable and sustainable development will take place..
In his remarks, the MD/CEO of NAVMC, Major-General Victor Ezugwu, said the company is targeting to achieve 70 per cent local and 30 per cent foreign contents of armored vehicles produced for the Nigerian Army (NA).
He explained that one of the primary objectives of NAVMC is to produced made in Nigeria armored fighting vehicles for the NA, adding that the company is looking for armored vehicles that will be contemporary to address the security challenges in the North-East and other places.
The NAVMC boss said that the NSE visit is a moral booster to the company as it will energize and improved it’s standards and every other activities.
He assured that the company will open it production line to NSE in order to tap from it wealth of experience.
He further stated that the consultants to the company and materials used for productions are sourced locally.
“We source for metals around the catchment area, treat them and increased it potency to resist bullets here.
“We will show you a little bit of our success story in terms of both bullet proof glass which is the most difficult thing.
“In NAVMC we treat the metals. We started as experiment two months ago, and after much failures we went back to the laboratory and today we have come to a situation where 30 meters to our metals bullets does not penetrate. And these are the young men that has made this to happen ,” he said.
Speaking further, General Ezugwu said that potentials abound in Nigeria, but what is needed is to harness them in terms of human and material resources.
“I’m sure you are all surprised to see that our consultants are Nigerian graduates from the university. These youth were just waiting for opportunity and when the moment arrived, they said, they are not interested in monetary gains, but only want to help their nation.
“They are here labouring day and night to make sure that we do something that Nigerians and the Nigerian Army (NA) will be proud of.”