NIGERIA’S VICE PRESIDENT LAUDS CHINESE SUPPORT IN THE MASS PRODUCTION OF AMMUNITION, ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS ; NIGERIA TO BOOST ECONOMIC TIES WITH CHINA…BINATIONAL COMMISSION TO BE SET UP

Alhaji Namadi Sambo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

VOICE OF NIGERIA
5 April, 2014
Written by Nnenna Okoronkwo

Nigeria-China Joint Commission is
set to be upgraded into a Bi-national level to enhance greater economic ties with China.

Vice President Namadi Sambo stated this during an audience with a Chinese delegation led by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, Zhang Ming, at the State House, Abuja. The delegation is in Nigeria to lay the groundwork for the forthcoming visit of the Chinese
Premier, Li Keqiang, to Nigeria and
to consolidate the existing ties
between the two countries.

While welcoming the delegation,
Sambo noted that Nigeria and the
Republic of China established a long standing relationship far back as 1971. “Nigeria currently stands as the third placed trading partner with
China in Africa and is aspiring to be
the number one trading partner.’’

He appreciated the ongoing relationship with the Chinese company collaborating in partnership with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in the installation of new ammunition production lines, mass production of military hardware and other armored personnel carriers and clothing.

He said that the Nigerian government was in support the reform programme of the Chinese Prime Minister. “Nigeria fully associates itself with the attainment of the goal of the Beijing Declaration, an action
plan for the 2013-2015 programme
as it solicits for more intervention
of Chinese government through focus towards Africa’s development in the interests of our two countries and humanity in general,’’ he added.

Visa relationship

Sambo called for further support and cooperation of the Chinese authority, and urged Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and China’s Ambassador to Nigeria to meet and seek ways to improve on the visa relationship. He said that Nigeria looks forward to the forthcoming visit of the Premier and his wife.

Earlier, the Chinese Vice Minister had informed the Vice President that the Chinese Premier would be attending the forthcoming African Summit of the World Economic Forum in Nigeria. According to him,during the Premier’s visit, which coincides with the African Summit of the World Economic Forum in Nigeria, China has plans to buttress further its existing cooperation with Nigeria and improve on China’s existing investments in Nigeria.

Present at the meeting were China’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xzaozee; Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali; and others.

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  1. Henry says:

    Mass production of armoured personnel carriers in nigeria, this is good news. Any military collaborative investment/ partnership is welcome.

    We are aware of the deal with Poly technologies of china. Our new( 2013 launched) navy camouflage is chinese. We are also in the know of ammunition production lines with DICON, since before late former president yar’adua’s administration. Also the new 7.62 production line in this year’s defence budget, recently highlighted by dailytrust.com.ng.

    What is new and eliciting is the welcoming news of mass production of APC’s in nigeria. Could we be seeing another brand of APC’s from the army, as the IGIRIGI APC was built, by the partnership of nigerian army engineers and engineers from coscharis motors.

    This article falls well short on specifics.

    • jimmy says:

      Oga henry you wrote my words for me are we going to see a cloned version of one of the btr 3/60? One wonders what is going on with the igirigi so many question so few answers.This will be the. First roll out line of an apc in Nigeria.what happens to the southafricans?
      Oga beegs I beg your pardon since we go way back, the visit first of what is the vice president is very important he is not coming empty handed we are now being told his oga on top is coming, this on top of what will take place on Sunday officially making nigeria the number one economymakes for very interesting times.

      • Henry says:

        Oga jimmy, FGN budgeted over a 100 million naira for the mass production of the IGIRIGI.

        Me thinks, the amount budgeted is little. That been said, my joy is, we are going to be seeing mass produced nigerian made APC’s in under 12 months time.

        The government’s new automotive policy should be enough to guarantee the success of this exciting news.

  2. beegeagle says:

    The KNOWN and the fathomable facets of cooperation

    * DICON-POLY TECHNOLOGIES collabo on the production of kit and ammunition production lines.

    * CSOC collabo with the NN on P18N OPVs and the modernisation of the NN Shipyard at PHC

    * Possible collabo on the mass production of the Made-in-Nigeria Igirigi APC and/or local assembly+tech transfer on the proven WZ 551 APC which looks eerily similar to the French VAB armoured personnel carriers.

    • jimmy says:

      Thank you very much Oga Beegs this month of APRIL just got very interesting. I cannot stress it enough Nigeria needs to take this visit by China’s no2 man very importantly.
      The setting up of a bi national commission between China and Nigeria signifies a game changer.
      Nigeria has to grow ECONOMICALLY 7- 9% realistically in order to improve the lives of it middle class to feed its teeming masses of 170 million , these two countries need one another with China getting ready to become Nigeria’s Largest trading partner in the decades to come, Nigeria MUST aspire to become CHINA’S NO 1 OIL SUPPLIER NO BUTS IFS ABOUT IT.

    • Augustine says:

      Nigeria should stop wasting time, put hand in pocket and buy missile manufacturing technology A to Z if the rockets we are developing is taking too long a time.

      Yes Nigeria is testing new home built rockets with 100% local materials. Confirmed :

      http://www.theguardianmobile.com/readNewsItem1.php?nid=17349

      South Africa paid millions of dollars to Israel in the 70s and 80s now they produce world class missiles and far ahead of many NATO countries.

      We messed up our best chance by opening our mouth wide for America to hear we want to buy missile technology from North Korea, yet the selfish Americans will not sell the technology to us.

      Go to China, or India, pay millions of dollars, Nigeria should spend on missile manufacturing technology secrets so we can build them locally at home.

      We have light and medium weapons production locally, move up to SAM, ATGM, AAM, air to surface missiles, unguided rockets for MRLS munitions, anti-submarine rocket grenades new weapon in town, then 105mm howitzer artillery, and 35mm anti-aircraft guns.

      We need the above weapons in thousands, we are still hanging around with some 100 units of about 30 year old Swingfire ATGM when Algeria, Ethiopia, and Uganda have just purchased thousands of units of brand new modern SAMs and ATGMs in last year 2013, go check SIPRI, they have updated 2013 arms sales, NOTHING THERE FOR NIGERIA except 4 units Police BTR-3U and 5 Navy small boats we already know about, plus that Boeing 737 second hand transport plane.

      These things are not so hard to manufacture if you buy the technology.

      Any country that cannot locally manufacture assault rifles up to howitzers and APC/IFV, with short range SAM and ATGM, cannot sustain a conventional war for long periods if international sanctions and arms embargo comes its way.

      If Nigeria manufactures these things we will be a major world military power that can sustain a very long war despite international arms embargo in case it happens.

      By the way, who are those in senate committee on defence? If they don’t know about military stuff, can’t they read this our Beegeagle blog and educate themselves? E be like say some bloggers know more about warfare than minister for defense.

      Spend money and do something now, abi wetin dey do us?

  3. jimmy says:

    OGA HENRY
    This is GREAT news the N100 MILLION NAIRA NOT WITHSTANDING.
    BREAKING NEWS GUYS
    OGA HENRY, OGA BEEGEAGLE, I have breaking news right now this will have implications for the NIGERIAN NAVY/ CHINESE NAVY RELATIONS CNN is now reporting according to multiple sources that a Chinese NAVAL SHIP HAS PICKED A DETECTABLE BEACON SIGNAL FROM WHAT IS POSSIBLY A PINGING SIGNAL from the airplane owned by Malaysian AIRLINE FLIGHT 370 that went down four weeks and a day ago today. i repeat it appears Chinese AUTHORITIES may have finally confirmed where this plane went down.

    • Henry says:

      It has been breaking news for a few hours now. The chinese haven’t yet confirmed the report.

    • asorockweb says:

      how is the “breaking news” related to the NN?

      • jimmy says:

        Up till now we have never seen the chinese navy fire its guns in anger or search for something under duress this proves to me the chinese navy has and can act undress.Considering unlike the us nigeria will be acquiring some of its most sensitive naval equipment from china it is important for nigeria to see the capabilites of chinese warships acting under duress. Remember oga aso rock Nigerian naval warships have fired their guns in anger as recently as last year with the shaldag that obliterated a pirate ship. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  4. drag_on says:

    Lets’ not forget that the JF-17 is technically a Chinese jet not Pakistani! If we were ever going to assembly it, Chinese blessing would be necessary. In fact, if my memory serves me well, it is the Chinese that restructured the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra.
    Interesting that the Chinese and Pakistani leaders are coming here to ‘cement’ ties. However,In this diplomatic game of chess we must not lose sight of the Indians, they are the antagonist of this axis,a large and capable nation we have had close diplomatic ties with, with a large historic population in our country.

  5. beegeagle says:

    Well, we always had good military relations with India and Pakistan going back to 1960. While General Obasanjo trained in Pakistan, for instance, General Babangida trained in India. The Indians led by Brigadier Varma helped to set up the NDA in 1964.

    The real or apparent slide in Indian relevance to the Nigerian military stems from the fact of Nigeria’s own complexities.

    Pakistan and Israel are two leading non-NATO training destinations because of the Christian-Muslim contention which pervades all facets of national life. So if Nigerian military officers, Xtian and Muslim alike, train in Israel and in Pakistan, no one will have a chance to allege skulduggery or an attempt at ‘imposing an alien culture’ on our military personnel.

    So it has a lot more to do with a balancing act aimed at creating a sense of neutrality. We train so much with Judeo-Christian Israel. To create the essential semblance of balance, we also train in Muslim Pakistan.

    It is decipherable that were India as wholly Muslim as they are overwhelmingly Hindi, India would feature more prominently than they currently do in our military scheme of things.

  6. ugobassey says:

    Hello Sirs long time I’ve been absent. With regards the above I’m hoping our leaders will strike a better bargain with the Chinese than we have so far with the west in terms of military technology transfer. We need the insfrastructural capability to begin producing and indeed exporting military hardware, especially in light of the following development (see link): http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/it-ll-be-official-tomorrow-nigeria-s-economy-africa-s-biggest/175415/
    If this is true than we need to truly assume leadership and military might is a crucial function of that.

  7. beegeagle says:

    Well, we always had good military relations with India and Pakistan going back to 1960. While General Obasanjo trained in Pakistan, for instance, General Babangida trained in India. The Indians led by Brigadier Varma helped to set up the NDA in 1964.

    The real or apparent slide in Indian relevance to the Nigerian military stems from the fact of Nigeria’s own complexities.

    Pakistan and Israel are two leading non-NATO training destinations because of the Christian-Muslim contention which pervades all facets of national life. So if Nigerian military officers, Xtian and Muslim alike, train in Israel and in Pakistan, no one will have a chance to allege skulduggery or an attempt at ‘imposing an alien culture’ on our military personnel.

    So it has a lot more to do with a balancing act aimed at creating a sense of neutrality. We train so much with Judeo-Christian Israel. To create the essential semblance of balance, we also train in Muslim Pakistan.

    It is decipherable that were India as wholly Muslim as they are overwhelmingly Hindi, India would feature more prominently than they currently do in our military scheme of things.

  8. When I was studying abroad, I whispered to the only two black classmates the answer to one of the questions on a very hard exam, first thing they asked me was, are you sure? And then told me they don’t believe me. a couple minute later, one of my white classmate that hard me telling them the answer wrote it down, and later told them a wrong answer to the same question he got the answer from me, first thing they said was, thank you, you’re great. i knew right then and there that the slavery system won and still winning in Black African nations. if Animal could talk and carry gun they will surely colonize and enslave any African nation and nothing will happen, it will surely succeed. one thing i noticed about Blacks Nigerians most especially, is that we love and accept other races and culture before we love and accept our own. Why do we study?
    why do we send our people to go study abroad, i guess it for them to come back and build our country just like the Chinese and other developed country we run to everyday for the simplest things, no one will help you except yourselves, not Chinese, Europeans or Americans but you Africans, start something now no one said it has to be perfect, the Chinese also started from scratch, today they are on top, we cannot depend on external forces and hope we can get there no no no, that is a dead idea. Let look inward and build Africa in African way, not in Chinese, European and American ways.

  9. Are James says:

    On the mass production of the Igirigi, the truth is that we are at least four years away from that. There are at least five major milestones to achieve before the goal is realized and that is even assuming that the armour plate, power plant, transmission and armament are coming from China.

    There is no substitute to long hours of hard, persevering and well resourced effort.
    We have the manpower and the money but the only problem is political will. The following are areas where we should have teams researching, reverse engineering and developing via collaboration with partners; China, Pakistan, India, Israel, South Africa.

    Material research – armouring steel, armour plate,, reactive armour, carbon fibre, bullet proof glass
    Automotive engineering and transmission – engine, gear box, drive shafts, tracks and tires.
    Control engineering, Mechatronics and digital controls – turrets, fore control, aiming
    Systems Engineering
    Ballistics and gunnery – main guns.
    Rocket and missile propulsion – rockets, rocket fuel, ram jets, scram jets et.c

    • Solorex says:

      If we go that route, we will be a decade away to rolling out the first APC of serial production, a shorter route will be an assembly plant( in conjuction with A foreign manufacturer-Preferablly non Chinese) with slow replacement of parts over a decade with home made ones.The Igirigi deisgn is not properly shown to us so we dont even know it deep enough to know what it will tke to mass manufacture it. We need a designt that will be financially viable,yet rugged and appealing to neigbouring countries and like South African Defense industries we could become a local APC manufacturing champion less than decade. We could start by proper policies to help improve the defense sector and standardization of Government procurment process. We are aware that State governments(through state police) ,banks/financial isnatitutions(Cash-in Transit vehicles),VIP and the millitary buys well over 300 amoured vehicles ( different level of amouring) yearly in Nigeria. I have also said repeatedly that the future of any reasonable/viable Defense industry lies in private sector,which have unfettered access to cash from financial institutions for profitable developments. If igirigi were a private sector project- it could easily get up to N3B funding from A commercial bank- the market is so available–conflict every where home and abroad in West Africa

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