The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has urged the military that purchasing military hardware from other nations puts Nigeria at a disadvantage.
A statement from the Bureau said the BPP Director General, Mamman Ahmadu, told the top brass that visited him that “military hardware purchased from other nations puts the country at a disadvantaged position which could compromise the country’s security due to the fact that the basic technology is resident in the country of procurement, who will be unwilling to easily avail other nations of such technology.”
According to the BPP DG, “building a military industrial complex in order to design and produce indigenous military hardware which will be founded on sound research and development (R&D) will reduce reliance on sourcing spares from other nations and thus abate the possibility of exposing the nation’s military flanks to the enemies in the time of emergency.”
He then urged the Nigerian Military to look inwards to develop the country’s own military hardware.
Mamman Ahmadu made this call during a courtesy visit by Major General J.O. Oni, the Director Procurement, Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and his team to the BPP.
Mamman Ahmadu opined that the development of the internal capacity in the military is key to building a virile military base that will lead the country into a nation to be taken seriously by the rest of the world.
The BPP boss stated that the military must look inward to develop its own military hardware just like some other developed nations of the world that have very strong force.
Mamman Ahmadu while appreciating the efforts of the Nigerian Military in ensuring strict adherence to the Public Procurement Act, 2007 emphasised the significance of the military to any nation, stating that the whole world has benefitted tremendously from military research.
He said that some of the terms such as strategies, value engineering used in the civilian arena “are the by – products of military research and some other terminologies in our vocabularies today.”
Maj. Gen. J.O. Oni in his response stated that a lot of Research and Development need to go into the production of military hardware.
He said a number of privately owned companies in Nigeria must be encouraged to be able to produce military equipment and emphasised that it is not what the military can handle alone. Stating that Research and Development (R&D) is key to military development.
He emphasised the fact that even if the government is willing to provide the fund for research to have a military industrial complex, his fear is whether Nigeria has the capacity to be able to undertake the responsibility.