As part of measures to tackle security issues, Nigeria is seeking the collaboration of South Africa are stepping up cooperation in establishing a Defence Complex for the production of arms and armoured vehicles locally.
This was made known at a forum in Abuja, on Monday where the Permanent Secretary in Nigeria’s Ministry of Defence and the Minister of Defence of South Africa spoke on efforts to ensure confidence building.
Top military officers from both countries gathered to discuss how to improve security and ensure relative peace and stability through intelligence gathering, arms procurement and technical expertise.
The officials said that the renewed cooperation will revolve around military training, equipment support and communication.
“Ultimately, the aim here is to see how our defence industry would contribute to the economic enhancement of the country in terms of job creation and industrialization.
“These are some of the things that we think the industrial military complex will bring on board when established, the Permanent Secretary in Nigeria’s Ministry of Defence said.
He added that, “Fortunately, after the President has given us the go-ahead, we do have some funds in the 2016 budget to begin the process.”