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China to set up assembly line for defence equipment manufacture in Nigeria

In order to ensure that Nigeria becomes empowered to locally manufacture high-technology defence equipment, the China National Electronics Inputs and Exports Corporation (CEIEC) has disclosed that it has plans to introduce an Assembly and Production Line for local manufacturing of defence equipment and other military hardwares in the country.

Mr. Eric Zhang, the company’s Manager, Department of Africa Market, made this known, on Wednesday, when he visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, at the Nigerian Army Headquarters in Abuja.

“To start with, CEIEC can help provide a tactical radio station as part of the establishing a defence equipment assembly line, for Nigeria. The radio station, which can be utilized by the various military services like the Navy, Air Force and Nigerian Army, will serve as the basic infrastructure for military communication,” he said.

Mr. Zhang said the Chinese military industry has an age-long history of robust cooperation and mutual relationship with the Nigerian military.

Hence, he would be glad to see that there is massive number of made-in-China items in Nigeria’s military and defence equipment.

He added that CEIEC company belongs to the Corporation named China Electronic Corporation, which is mainly responsible for producing major defence products such as C4I System, Command and Control System for defence purposes, and the radar system.

Zhang, further revealed that CEIEC currently has the contract for defence electronic for over 30 countries across the world.

Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, said the army was more interested in building its capacity to be able to produce its equipment.

He said establishing a production line to either manufacture or assemble some of the equipment would best serve the interest of Nigeria and China.

According to him, the relationship between China and Nigeria is not just starting as there have been so many areas of cooperation in the area of military cooperation.

“As we speak, there are arrangements for the sale and purchase of equipment directly from China for the armed forces of Nigeria.

“One thing that is germane to the future Nigerian army is developing the capacity to be able to produce or assemble some of these things here.

“One, to reduce the time it takes for processes of importing procedure and the bidding time by the country of manufacture takes a lot of time.

“Establishing production line for some of these equipment will best serve the interest of Nigeria and China better.

“This is the area we should be looking at as we continue to establish our relationship further,” he said.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93.Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism.He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002.Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013).He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers.He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor.Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.