TOWARDS ALLEVIATING EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE CHALLENGES – NAEME SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH DICON

The Commander, Corps of Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NAEME), Maj Gen MO Uzoh has said that he came on an official visit to Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) to seek likely areas of collaboration and partnership with the Premier Industry.

The Commander, whose Corps headquarters is in Bonny Cantonment, Lagos, stated this when he came to DICON headquarters on a courtesy visit with some of his commanders with Kaduna metropolis.

According to him, the Nigerian Army Central Workshop, one of the strategic formations under the Corps was doing its best in fabrication of needed spare parts for the Nigerian Army in aid of the operation in the North East but the Workshop was deficient in some areas, stressing that the assistance of DICON was highly solicited to complement their efforts.

Harping more on the areas of need, he disclosed that General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) extractors were being fabricated by NAEME technicians  cum engineers, but these parts were not given the requisite heat and surface treatment hence, when they are launched into the theatre of operations for use, they easily get broken.

He further stated that NAEME also does not have the type of laboratory needed for the analysis of the metal alloy components used in the manufacturing of the weapon spare parts.

The Commander said he was highly elated with the warm reception accorded him by the Director General, DICON Maj Gen Bamidele Ogunkale and his management team as well as the robust interactive session with the DG.

Responding, the DG promised to assist the NAEME in the area of heat and surface treatment with respect to the extractors produced by NAEME.

The DG also promised to assist the Corps in the analysis of metal alloy components, adding that DICON’s State-of-the-Art laboratory in its Research and Development Centre, the first of its kind North Western zone is being given priority attention and that it was nearing completion.

According to the DG, when completed, the laboratory would have the capacity to analyze any type of alloy components, adding that institutions of higher learning within the North Western zone could also patronize the laboratory.