SON, Army seal pact on standardisation of military apparatus
To further ensure that military equipment and products meet quality and standards benchmarks, the Nigeria Army has unveiled a working partnership with the nation’s standards regulatory body, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).
This was disclosed at the meeting of both parties to deliberate on the proposed partnership at the SON Operational office in Lagos.
The Director, Provisioning, Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Patrick Eze, who led the Army delegation to SON’s office, said the Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) was trying to comply with the Federal Government’s policy on internal sourcing of materials, and had to be sure that all items used by the Army meet both national and international standards.
He maintained that it was pertinent for NAF to partner with SON to ascertain the standards of all items including uniforms, shoes and weapons, arguing that, if the weapons used by the Army are of low quality, it would affect the security of the nation.
He said: “As the Federal Government continues to emphasise on patronage of local industries, Nigerian Army is set to comply with that policy. And as Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps, we are in charge of all items received into the Nigerian Army Armoury and we must ensure that all the items received meet up with not only Army standard, but also international and local standards.
“That is why we have come to collaborate with SON being the experts to ensure that all items used by the Armed Forces are of high quality so that they do not pose unnecessary danger if they lack the required
The Army Chief disclosed that the partnership with SON and NAFDAC was highly necessary since the NAF does not have the technology to determine the quality of the items include weapons received, saying that the contractors would only bring them sample and the items would be supplied.
It urged SON to set up laboratories within the army environment for update test of such items.