The Defense Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Mohammed Badaru Abubakar (MON) recently visited Caverton Offshore Support Group, a leading provider of Helicopters and Marine support services in Africa.
The minister was received by the Chairman Caverton Helicopters, Mallam Bello Gwandu; the Chairman of Caverton Marine, Mr. Akin Kekere-Ekun; the Chief Executive Officer, Caverton Offshore Support Group (COSG), Mr. Olabode Makanjuola; and the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Rotimi Makanjuola, as well other senior members of staff.
During the visit to Caverton Helicopters, a subsidiary of the Caverton Offshore Support Group, the Honorable Minister of Defense and his delegation were given a tour of Caverton Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility and Caverton Aviation Training Center(CATC).
The Minister who was visibly impressed with infrastructure and expertise on ground, expressed his believe Caverton can become the hub for aircraft maintenance in Africa. He said ” Our dream in the Ministry of Defense is to produce all the equipment that we need for Defense in Nigeria and, here at Caverton, I have seen proofs of assurance that we can partner to do it.
“I assure you that you have what it takes to produce what we need and we will partner.
“We are working tirelessly to make sure that in the next four years, most of these equipment we go abroad to buy will be produced locally. And from what I have seen with you, we can partner in areas of air assets,” the Minister concluded.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Dr Ibrahim Kana said: “While we were on the tour of the facility, my Honourable Minister said to me in Hausa: ‘Seeing is believing’. He came to Lagos to see what is on ground, especially at Caverton” in getting set for the Military Industrial Complex take-off.
The CEO, Caverton Offshore Support Group, Mr. Bode Makanjuola is response thanked the Honourable Ministers and his entourage for the visit and assured then of the company’s readiness to partner with the ministry in the actualization of the set goals.