Nigeria/India collaborate towards Defence Development

Nigeria and India have initiated moves to deepen their collaboration in the Defence sector.
This was made known on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff by a delegation from the Ordinance Factory Board, Ministry of Defence, India.
The delegation was led by Deputy Director General of the Board, Mr Prakash Agarwala at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
Speaking on the purpose of the visit, Mr Agarwala said there was the need for Nigeria to benefit from the quality military hardware being produced in the factory.
“The Ordinance Factory is the biggest producers of hardware in India and second largest in Asia.
“Nigeria is one of the friendly countries with special relationship with India.
“As part of the policies, There are many areas we can work together” to deepen the growth in the Defence area.
“We can offer the hardware directly from the factory,” he said.
Speaking, the Chief of Army Staff, ho was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt General Lamidi Adeosun said Nigeria and India have good relationship that dates back several decades ago.
“Your visit is like cementing already established relationship.”
He said the two countries can collaborate to ensure that full benefits from the factory that are available could be realised.
He said “there are areas we can work together like inspecting arms and how to utilise other opportunities.”

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