The Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC) yesterday hinted that the country would start local production of uniforms for its military and paramilitary personnel from January 2023.
This move was expected to create more than 920 job opportunities for Nigerians.
The initiative is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) and Sur Corporate Wear to create the Sur Corporate Wear Nig. Limit.
The DICON Sur collaboration, which would span a 20-year concession period, would be responsible for the production of uniforms for the army, navy, air force, police, civil defense and other military organizations and paramilitaries.
In a meeting initiated by the ICRC, the Commission’s Acting Director General, Mr. Michael Ohiani, instructed all project stakeholders to resolve all issues that were hindering the completion of the plant and to report back to the commission within a week.
However, during the postponed meeting chaired by the Director of the Contract Compliance Department (CCD) of the ICRC, Dr Jobson Ewalefoh, stakeholders were further urged to ensure that the project is completed on schedule. .
Ewalefoh said the project remains important for the country as it will curb capital flight, create more than 920 jobs and also be a source of pride for the nation to produce its own uniforms.
He added that the DICON Sur joint venture was also to start sourcing raw materials from Nigeria during its operations.
The ICRC director explained: “The fact that we produce our military and paramilitary uniforms locally is a source of pride for all of us. It is a pride that we must all defend. Sudan produces its own military kits and I know DICON can do this if it has the right support.
In a statement by the commission’s Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Manji Yarling, Ewalefoh however assured all stakeholders that the ICRC, as part of its regulatory function, will liaise with all relevant government agencies to expedite the ongoing process of obtaining approval. for buyers when production begins in January.
He said that in the future, the ICRC, through its Contract Compliance Department (CCD), will make the DICON Sure project a priority and as such will monitor its progress until its completion.
He also promised that the commission would continue to intervene to ensure that PPP projects run smoothly in the country.
Moreover, speaking during the interactive session, the Managing Director of Sur Corporate Wear Nigeria Limited, Burhan Can Karabulut, commended the ICRC management for their intervention and for ensuring that the project went smoothly.
He noted that following the intervention of the ICRC and the meeting of stakeholders that followed, the investor had agreed to release funds for the realization of the project.
He said the company has so far brought the project to 68% completion, adding that the remaining funds for the project will be released soon to meet the completion target.
“If work resumes in July, it is assumed that we can start commissioning as early as January, but this January, commissioning will not be 100% production,” he added.
He however said that the designs for the uniforms had not yet been approved and as such the company could not source raw materials for production, adding that without the approval the production could not. not start.