AVM Jumo Osahor, Director-General, Defense Research and Development Bureau, Abuja says the Armed Forces of Nigeria will require about N9 billion to give military boots yearly to meet troopers kitting needs.
Osahor made this known in a paper he conveyed amid the Third Annual National Conference sorted out by the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists of Nigeria (SLTCN) at the Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State.
The topic of the gathering is: “The Contributions of Leather Science, Technology and Innovation to the Nigerian Economy and National Security.” NAN additionally reports that the Commandant talked on: “Indigenous Leather Production and Military Kitting: The Armed Forces of Nigeria Perspective.” “The Armed Forces of Nigeria will require about N9 billion to give a couple of working shoes and boots for each fighter. “The sum will twofold on the off chance that we are to give two sets each per warrior consistently. “This immense whole of cash whenever directed to the indigenous cowhide industry will go far in patching up the area and enhancing our national economy and also security powers and give employments to our abounding young people. “In any case, the calfskin business in Nigeria is yet to exploit the immense potential that exists in the military cowhide necessities of the AFN.” He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria containing the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force all use calfskin materials as a major aspect of their military kitting.
“These range from administration shoes to battle boots among others. With quality of more than 200,000 faculty, the prerequisite for shoes and boots is very gigantic particularly with the necessity of no less than two sets of shoes and boots each per work force every year. “This means about the greater part a million sets of cowhide products that could be given through indigenous calfskin generation industry yearly. “At an expected expense of N30,000.00 for a couple of value working shoes (Bates) and N15,000.00 for battle boots,” Declaring the gathering open, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, gave the affirmation that the service would band together with any expert body keen on any exploration field that would improve the development and broadening of the economy. The clergyman, who was spoken to by the Director-General, Nigerian Institute Of Leather and Science Technology, Dr Eucharia Ngozi-Oparah, encouraged the members to consider adequately on topical issues that would address the difficulties in the cowhide business. He focused on the requirement for viable consultation especially in zones where the economy would be enhanced through esteem expansion of calfskin and cowhide items. Prior, the National President, SLTCN, Dr Solomon Tanko said the embodiment of the gathering was for experts to consider and conceptualize on prospects and commitments of cowhide to national development and advancement. He depicted the calfskin business as key in perspective of its significance and basic job in the broadening of the country’s economy. Tanko saw that cowhide and calfskin related items were vital to modern development that would surely clear path for occupations openings and riches creation. The president spoke to members to profit themselves of the chance to enhance their insight and expert abilities to take Nigeria to more prominent statures.