The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has expressed satisfaction and commanded the level of achievements and transformation achieved within one year by the Director General of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria Major General Victor Ezugwu.
COAS was optimistic that with the state of the real transformation in infrastructure, equipment and general facilities at DICON, Nigeria is on the path of attaining self sufficiency in military armaments and hardwares.
He said Nigerian Army has made sufficient investment to support DICON to accelerate research and development in local production of weaponry and assorted military equipments. The collaborative efforts and result oriented partnership between DICON and Command Engineering Depot Kaduna has achieved tremendous successes in repairs and production of vehicles and weapons for troops in different theaters of operations in Nigeria. This ingenuity has not only boost the morale and fighting spirit of troops, but has saved the country huge resources on importation of arms, ammunition and other military hardwares/equipment
COAS said from the statistics shown from the achievements of DICON under the result oriented DG, the Nigerian army tops the chart in patronage in virtually all procurement of your equipment and I want to assure you that Nigerian army will continue to patronise DICON which is the best way for us to solve the security challenges across our country.
He said the Nigerian Army will continue to look inward to get our ammunition from DICON and to this end, we are placing order for 10 million rounds of 7.62mm. We are also placing order for three million of 12.7mm ammunition. We already have 42 MRAPs which we have signed the contract and be rest assured that in our next year budget, we are still going to order more.
COAS also said for military messtin and water bottle, DICON will be the sole supplier of all this to the recruits in Depot and cadets in training at the defence academy. This is very important and it is the best way to support our local production
General Buratai was conducted round the newly rejuvenated factories and some production lines where he inspected some products and materials produced by DICON. He opined that with the level of progress of work and the zealousness of DICON Staff, soon Nigeria will start production of helicopters and jet fighters.
He expressed appreciation to the President, Commander – in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his numerous supports and directions.He used the opportunity to reassure Mr President of unflinching loyalty, resolve and determination of the Nigerian Army to combating the myriads of security threats in Nigeria within the shortest time possible.
While applauding the quality leadership of DICON, he urged the management and the entire staff to redouble their efforts with utmost dedication and selfless disposition to assigned responsibilities in order to consolidate on the successes recorded so far.