By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS),Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai was conducted round to inspect some of the indigenous fighting equipments manufactured by Defence Industries Coordination of Nigeria (DICON) in conjunction with Command Engineering Depot (CED)
The ‘EXPO 2020’ a programme organised by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is still on-going in Abuja, had the Nigerian Army in participation featuring some locally made Combat and Support equipment including some military kits at the Technology and Innovation.
Some of the prominent exhibition inspected by Buratai were EZUGWU Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) amoured vehicles, Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which comes in multiple configurations with specific built to meet a client’s need and mission purpose,Fabricated Mobil Drilling Machine in Operation, Infantry Patrol Vehicle ,normally used for quick personnel insertion patrol and Special Forces related operations,amongst others.
Other exhibition stands inspected by Buratai include the Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited (NAFRA) which showcased mobile bakery, fish feed, Bio Tea, Cassava flour, among others.
Buratai also visited the Nigerian Army Schools of Medical Sciences (NASMS),here these products were unveiled they include, Surgical/Orthopeadic processing, fabrication of Dental appliances, brewery and food Industries, including POP ceiling.
Gen Buratai also inspected , the Nigerian Army Systems Development Centre here some other products inspected include Under Vehicle Inspection Robot, Under Vehicle Inspection System, Mobil Combat Surveillance with Ballistic Helmet, and Fuelless Power Generator.
The Army Chief also visited some stands meant for the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force including other government agencies and private sectors where very strategic equipments were introduced.
This year’s EXPO 2020 had a theme Enhancing the growth of Diversified Economy through Science and Technology” which is aimed at highlighting the role of innovation in economic diversification, had many government and private organisations including the Nigerian army participatory in the programme.
Buratai was accompanied by top military officers, where a plethora of innovation and inventions were showcased to them.
The programme which started on Monday is expected to end on Friday.