The Nigerian Army has been commended for placing orders for the supply of 50,000 pair of boots from local manufacturers in Aba, Abia State for use by its officers and soldiers.
The commendation was given by Senate President Bukola Saraki, an advocate of locally made products.
There were reports over the weekend that the Army authorities placed orders for the boots as part of its contribution to the Federal Government’s policy to support made-in-Nigeria products.
Commending the Army in a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate president said the move was confirmation that the military was living up to its billing as an institution interested in boosting the nation’s economy.
Describing the army’s decision as a good example, Saraki urged other military and para-military forces to emulate it.
He also urged the military and paramilitary agencies not to limit their patronage and promotion of made in Nigeria goods to boots only but to other items that can be sourced locally.
Senate President Saraki also commended the Air Force for the co-operation it is forging with Innoson Motor Group in the area of manufacturing of some air plane parts.