Nigeria partners South Korea in defence

The Minister of Defence, Bello Mohammed, says the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) is partnering with South Korea in the development of the defence sector.

Mr. Mohammed said this in Abuja on Thursday when a delegation of the International Defense Industry Corporation of South Korea visited him.

Represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Nicholas Damachi, the minister said the relations between South Korea and Nigeria dates back to the 1980s,

He said a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and South Korea had been prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Justice for vetting.

According to him, when the MoU is finally signed, the cooperation between Nigeria and South Korea in the defence sector will be strengthened.

Hwang Sung-Hwan, leader of the South Korean delegation, told the minister that Nigerian and South Korean staff in the defence industry had been exchanging visits.

Mr. Hwang, who is also the Director of the South Korean corporation, said staff from DICON visited Korea in 2011, adding that some staff of the International Policy Institute of Korea were also in Nigeria this year.

Mr. Hwang also said that both countries had been patronising each other’s military schools.

“One of the Nigerian Air Force generals studied in Korea and many Korean citizens studied in the Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna,” he said.

The diplomat said that his country wishes to strengthen cooperation with Nigeria to develop DICON.

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