The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas has lauded the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) for the giant stride of the Corporation towards making the nation self-sufficient in the production of arms and ammunitions, stressing that he was quite delighted with the progress report emanating from the industry.
Receiving the DICON’s management in his office, the naval chief particularly commended the efforts of the Director General, Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria, Major General Bamidele Ogunkale and his management staff in stirring the ship of the Corporation in the right direction.
DICON’s spokesperson, Maj Emmanuel Adeniyi (Rtd) in a press release said that Vice Admiral Ibas noted that the current effort of DICON to build a Primer Cap factory, a major component needed for the complete production of ammunition at Kachia was a laudable project worthy of commendation.
He added that when the project is completed and production starts in full blast, it will no doubt boost the military operations across the country.
“The current dwindling or scarce resources from the Federal Government, coupled with the overt or covert animosity from other nations within the global community makes it more imperative for us to look inward for an urgent solution to our ordnance needs”.
The CNS, who thanked the DICON boss for a detailed brief about the current activities of the only Defence Industry in West African sub-region said he had been well informed, stressing that the ammunitions produced when the Primer Cap Factory must have been completed, will serve the interest of the Armed Forces and even other Security Agencies. He promised that the Nigerian Navy would collaborate with the Corporation as one of the major stakeholders
Earlier, the DICON boss, Maj Gen Ogunkale said that he took the bull by the horn when he assumed office to vigorously pursue the project of the Primer Cap Factory with the aim of making the nation self-sufficient in terms of production of the various calibre of ammunitions.
He further disclosed that when he was saddled with the onerous task of piloting the affairs of DICON, the factories’ state of readiness was about 30% but now, he was delighted to note that the factories were at 90% ready owing to some new installations put in place which include new transformers and replacement of some key machines.
Maj Gen Ogunkale also stated with a sense of fulfilment that DICON was doing well in reverse engineering, stressing that the weapons back loaded from the theatre of operations across the country, mainly from the Nigerian Army holding, have been repaired in the Corporation’s Ordnance factory.
DICON, he noted, was ready to collaborate with the Navy in some areas, especially the fabrication of new parts through reverse engineering, noting that the Foundry Department of the ORDFAC is quite alive and functioning.