Following the decry by government officials on billions of naira spent on the purchase of military wares from foreign countries, The House of Representatives has mandated its committees on Defense and Industries to come up with a plan that enables the country produce its Military wares – uniforms and other apparels, locally.
During the plenary session presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara on Tuesday in Abuja, Hon. Prestige Ossy (Aba: Abia: APGA) called the attention of his colleagues to the development through a motion of urgent public importance.
Mr. Ossy shed light on the expenditure, and he disclosed that the N4. 3 billion spent on the items in 2016, when converted to dollars at the current rate of N305, amounted to $14. 1 million while the N1. 6 billion earmarked in the 2015 budget at the benchmark rate of N197 per dollar amounted to $8. 1 million.
According to him, the army and other security agencies’ uniforms and gadgets can be produced locally and procured from indigenous markets at far more reduced prices.
Hence, Ossy behooved that government should put in place palliative measures in form of grants and loans to empower indigenous textile factories to meet local demand for such clothing and other material needs of Nigerians.
The motion was adopted by lawmakers who decided that hence forth, the uniforms and other materials of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, Customs, Immigration, Police, Civil Defence, Nigerian Prison Service and Nigerian Fire Service as well as health workers would be made in Nigeria.
Other issues raised at the plenary session was the reversal of ongoing move to increase rates of access gate charges by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The House adopted the motion sponsored by Mr. Rotimi Agunsoye (Kosofe: Lagos: APC), who described the increase as insensitive to the plight of the average Nigerian, and they directed FAAN to suspend the planned increase slated for October 1, 2016, immediately.