The Ministry of Aviation will partner with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) on enhancing security at the airports.
During a visit to the industry in Kaduna on Monday, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said DICON has the capacity to produce reliable hardware critical to national defence, security and economy.
He said: “I guarantee you that the outcome of the collaboration, cooperation and partnership between aviation and DICON would be in the best interest of the country.
“We would certainly also go into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between aviation and DICON.
“From what I have seen, I think the Federal Government should invest hugely in DICON; more into research and development.
“I am sure if you bring in a billion dollar here, you would get value for your money and much more.
“This would begin certainly to put Nigeria on the world map of technological advancement.
“This cause is of course for our military, police, civil defence and our fighting forces in the country and all the people that would be needing high tech equipments.”
He said that DICON, under the leadership of the Director General, Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, “has changed DICON in only one year he has been here; I am sure with the great changes and achievements, he must have gassed out his team.”
Sirika pledged to advocate for more funding for DICON and other organisations to deepen research and development.
He noted: “Civil aviation has changed, as DICON has changed, therefore, we have seen areas of partnership and cooperation.
“We put security as our number one priority. We have developed a road map part of which was the approval by the president for Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) security to bear arms for effective security of the airports.
“That made me appear before the National Executive Council and they advised on seeing how I could partner with you.”
Ezugwu welcomed the collaboration with the aviation ministry, saying, “we are cashing on this directive of Mr President to make sure DICON affords the Ministry of Aviation arrays of defence related equipment that are suitable for security in the aviation sector.
“By doing this, we are hoping that our surveillance equipment production, ballistic equipment will be of immense contribution to the development of aviation security.”