* SECURITY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS MUST ESTABLISH PLANTS IN NIGERIA SAYS POLICE AFFAIRS MINISTER
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INFORMATION
March 9th, 2012
As part of its development
agenda, the Federal Government will soon stop doing business with any foreign firm that has no production outlet in the country. This is with a view to stopping it from becoming a dumping ground for foreign sub-standard products.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade disclosed this when he met with representatives of Mekahog Limited, manufacturers of military and security equipment in his office.
According to the Minister, apart from the measures at ensuring that what is produced meet the nation’s expectations and needs, this policy will also open a lot of opportunities, especially in terms of jobs. Olubolade commended the management of Messrs Mekahog for offering to establish a production plant for armoured personnel carriers and other security hardware in Nigeria and promised to facilitate whatever would be required to achieve it.
He also expressed satisfaction with the company’s survey of its products currently being used by the Nigeria Police Force for possible refurbishment and upgrading and said such actions would determine, to a great extent, the Ministry’s relationship with police equipment manufacturers henceforth.
Earlier, the Group President of Messrs Mekahog, Chief Ikedi Ohakim informed the Minister that many of the company’s products were being used satisfactorily by the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.
This, he said, informed the decision to establish a manufacturing plant in the country. According to him, the plant which will produce the Springbok brand of armoured personnel carriers and other security hardware would also provide employment for more than 2000 Nigerians.
He also expressed the company’s preparedness to train officers of the Nigeria Police Force on the repair and regular maintenance of its equipment and invited the officials of the Ministry and the Nigeria Police Force for an inspection visit to its factory in South Africa.