Niger Delta to Host Proposed Munitions Industrial Park

Posted on October 10, 2010

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Warri. In pursuit of its determination to create employment opportunities for the youth of the Niger Delta, the Federal Government is considering attracting international munitions manufacturers to site their factories in a proposed dedicated park within the country. Usually reliable sources ,who have refused to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, confirm deliberations are now at an advanced level.

According to our sources, a recent survey by the ministry of commerce indicated that Nigeria stands to conserve millions of dollars and pounds sterling if a purpose built industrial estate dedicated to the manufacture of bombs and small arms is located within the country. They argued that, “Since militants will always find a way to smuggle arms across our porous borders, it is better to ensure that due process is followed, import duties are paid and only quantities necessary for normal militancy operations are allowed into the country.”

A source at Elbit Systems, an Israel based Munitions Company confirmed that many major players in the small arms and explosives industry have been eyeballing the country as a prime investment location because of obviously rising demand for its products. When our correspondents interviewed MEND spokesperson, Annkio Briggs, she warned that “the militants will relaunch protests if the munitions industrial estate is sited outside the Niger Delta where it should be creating many fulfilling jobs”.

Nigerian military authorities were yet to respond to our queries as at press time. But a spokesman for the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) commended the federal government for “once again showing great insight and foresight.”

 

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