A South African defence firm, Paramount Group, has called for partnership with the Nigerian army on the procurement of defence equipment to enhance its capabilities.
The Senior Vice President of the Group, Mr Eric Ichikowitz, made the call when he visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Thursday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, received the team on behalf of COAS.
Ichikowitz said that the visit was to introduce to the army what the company had to offer in terms of armoured personnel carrier vehicles and other defence capabilities.
He said that the company had been partnering some other security services in country in the area of training and equipment, adding that the company was ready to do same with the army.
According to him, the firm has been actively involved in the African continent to enhance local capabilities in defence operations.
“The purpose of the visit is to see how the company can work with the army to enhance their local capabilities,” he said.
Responding on behalf of COAS, Lt.-Gen. Adeosun commended the delegation for the visit and assured that the army authorities would engage the company further to identify areas of possible partnership.
He said that the main interest of the army was to see how it can deepen its research and development locally to enhance its capabilities.
He said that the army was looking forward to actualising the Nigerian army aviation through partnerships in terms of the development of its facilities, infrastructure and platform.
“On behalf of the chief of army staff, I thank you for coming while looking forward to deepen this interaction,” he said