The Federal Ministry of Defence and a Turkish firm, Sur Corporatewear, on Thursday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a military and paramilitary clothing factory at the Defence Industry Complex in Kaduna State.
The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi (retd.0 in Abuja said the initiative of the government was to reposition DICON with a view to enhancing its production capabilities and start a Public-Private Partnership based on a “Build, Operate and Transfer” PPP model.
The minister noted that the Turkish firm would be responsible for developing a Made-in-Nigeria brand of textile materials and accessories needed for the military clothing.
Magashi said the government would inject $13 million to finance the enterprise.
“As the supervising ministry of DICON, the ministry will guarantee patronage by the Armed Forces of Nigeria. The partnership, among others, will help to revitalise Nigeria’s textile industry through the development of cotton farms and state of the art cotton milling plants across the country.
“It will also provide direct employment for not less than 1000 employees without counting the numerous labour that will be employed in the value chain,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said it would strengthen and collaborate with relevant agencies to tackle drug and substance abuse in Nigeria.
The government noted that plans were underway to set up new rehabilitation centres for the prevention of drug related challenges.
The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse, Brig Gen Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd.) stated this in Abuja on Thursday at the 4th Biennial National Symposium on “Drugs and Drug Policy in Nigeria.”
“New rehabilitation centres for treatment and after care will be available; these are some of the plans the Federal government is coming up with to tackle drug related issues,” the chairman noted.