Federal Government has launched a modern garment factory to produce uniforms for the armed forces and other security agencies in the country.
This is to ensure standardisation and guard against the misuse of military and security uniforms by impostors and criminals in Nigeria.
Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations Ministry of Interior, made this known in a statement in Abuja that the launching of the garment factory, which was tagged, DICON-SUR Corporate Wears Nigeria Limited, was held at the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) at Kakuri, Kaduna.
Manga quoted President Muhammadu Buhari speaking at one occasion that the security of lives and property of Nigerians and the integrity of the nation’s territory were very important to the present administration.
Buhari said this event is a clear demonstration of the determination of my government to encourage Public Private Partnership through foreign direct investment into the Nigerian economy.
President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said the garment factory was being launched in recognition of the urgent need of Nigeria for a modern garment factory to produce befitting uniforms for the Armed Forces and other security agencies.
He further reiterated the administration’s resolve to deal with all forms of crime and criminality in the country and the present government have a zero-tolerance policy towards bandits, insurgents, kidnappers and other criminals. The entire armed forces, security agencies and other resources at our disposal will be deployed to keep the people safe and the country secured.
However, Buhari called on the military and all security agencies to speed up the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the country to guarantee the security of all citizens.
President Muhammadu Buhari urges DICON to raise its game by being a frontline player in the cutting-edge warfare technology, not just to keep Nigeria safe but to make it a major earner for the country. The president further said that the part of the value chain of the industry is the creation of additional 1,000 jobs when the factory is fully operational in 2021.
However he opined that since the basic raw materials for the factory was clothing so, the project would also invigorate the textile industry in the catchment cotton-growing states like Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Katsina among others.
He expressed optimism that the ripple effect would catalyse industrial development and job creation in the area. Buhari said that the factory being launched was a partnership between DICON and Sur Corporate Wear of Turkey.