Nigerian army to unveil first locally made APCs


Desmond Utomwen/Abuja

The Nigerian Army has concluded plans to unveil the first locally made Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which is part of the ongoing reforms in the military and in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

This was disclosed by the Chief of Army Staff(COAS), Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika during the press conference organised for the 2012 Nigerian Army Day Celebration(NADC L 2012).

Ihejirika who was represented by the Chief of Military-Civil Relations, Maj-Gen. Bitrus Kwaji said that the recent military innovation is the positive outcome of ongoing military reforms.

He disclosed that local production of APC and other military equipment will save about 30 per cent of import cost for the country.

He said: “The highpoint of the ceremony, which is expected to be witnessed by President Jonathan, among other dignitaries, include the unveiling of the Nigerian built APC, Combat Airborne Jump and Helicopter Rappelling, Combat March and a Pep talk on old days in the Infantry Corps by Maj-Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye (Rtd).

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“The Nigerian Army has continued to make salient contributions to the development of Nigeria. The transformation agenda of the Federal Government has been the inspiration driving the vision of COAS to continue to lead the army on the part of professionalism”.

“This achievement is part of the transformation agenda of Mr. President for the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to look inwards and the Nigerian Army decided to key-in and one of it is the building of this vehicle (APC). Through it Nigerian Army has saved the nation at least 30 per cent of importation”, he noted.

The Army Chief listed other activities lined up for the NADCEL 2012 with the theme: “Partnering the Civil Society Towards Improved Security” include sanitation exercise at designated places across the country, and Fire power demonstration.

Others are lectures, novelty football match by the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Provision of free medical services to win the hearts and minds of the citizenry, March Past and Presentation of United Nations Medals to the families deceased officers.

He said there will also be a visit to the Adonai Orphanage Home and 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna (NARHK) by the President of NAOWA, Mrs. Nnenna Ihejirika amongst others.

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