President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Pakistan to assist Nigeria in the capacity building of her Defence Industry.
Lawan made the appeal on Friday, October 16, while receiving in audience a delegation of the Senate of Pakistan which visited him to seek Nigeria’s support for the candidature of the chairman of the Pakistani Senate for the presidency of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
The Senate president thanked Pakistan for its assistance in the area of training and supply of weapons to Nigeria Armed Forces to fight insurgency and other security challenges.
“But one area that I think we need to sustain collaboration and partnership is in the area of helping Nigeria to build our Defence Industry.
“We started together in the 70s. For some reasons, we are still struggling to get stronger in the area of manufacturing or producing our needed defence weapons. But you have gone higher. We need to learn a lot from you in that respect.
“We have the Defence Industries corporation of Nigeria located in Kaduna. They are still working hard to see how they can start producing the kind of weapons that we need in Nigeria. It’s going to take a while but I believe that you will graciously help us build the capacity of the people working in that place.”
He said the friendship between Pakistan and Nigeria which dated back to Nigeria’s Independence in 1960 had transformed into a brotherhood.
“In all international fora, Pakistan and Nigeria have always been on the same side. Pakistan has been quite supportive of Nigeria in all ramifications.
“Presently, we do a lot together for our security especially the Armed Forces. You also help us with some of the weapons that we need in fighting the insurgency. We appreciate that and we hope that this kind of relationship and brotherhood will continue.”
Speaking on the primary reason for the visit, the Senate president said the issue of the candidature of the chairman of the Pakistani Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani for the presidency of IPU “is like one of us running for that office.”