The Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (NAEME), Maj Gen JB Olawumi (CCEME) has lauded the Director General, Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) Maj Gen Bamidele Ogunkale and his management team for the success stories currently emanating from the Premier Industry.

The Commander who was on courtesy visit to DICON Headquarters noted that he has been keeping abreast of the happenings in the Corporation for the past two years, especially since the DG assumed leadership, stressing that he was not surprised at the turn of events for good judging from the DG’s antecedent as a mentor and a trailblazer.

Maj Gen Oluwumi said, the strategic importance of DICON to the much orchestrated industrial development in Nigeria could not be overemphasized, adding that he was on courtesy visit to DICON as the new Commander NAEME because his Corps had a lot to benefit from the premier industry.  “ I am quite aware of the fact that some of our outfits, especially the Nigerian Army Central Workshop, have been interacting with DICON.

The NAEME Corps boss further stated that he would like to solicit for a robust collaboration between the Corps and DICON which would be of mutual benefit to both parties and at the long run the nation would be better for it.  He highlighted the efforts of successive Chief of Army Staff starting from Gen Abduraman Danbazau to the current COAS Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, aimed at making NA Central Workshop a pride of place, noting that latest modern machines have been installed at the Workshop.  “Where we have the machines cum technology, we might not have enough manpower and where we have the manpower we might not have the equipment, so we will need DICON at these stages”.  According to the General, EME Corps would need to collaborate with DICON in the areas of research, productions, fabrication of spare parts, repairs among others, reiterating that such collaboration would be to the benefit of the Armed Forces of Nigerian and the Nation at large.

He further suggested that DICON should look into the possibility of producing simulators, adding that it would cut costs if DICON could go into local production.

In response, the DG DICON, Maj Gen Ogunkale thanked the CCEME for paying a courtesy visit to DICON aimed at exploring possible areas between DICON and NAEME. He also said that the Commander was one of the progressive minded senior officers the Nigerian Army would be proud of.

The DG who gave a detailed brief about the current giant strides being taken by DICON noted that his Pledge, Vision and Mission statement were like compass guiding him in his effort to reposition DICON to a greater height. He equally took particular note of that fact that in a matter of days, the Corporation would commence the sustainable production of 7.62 x 39mm ammunition to meet the needs of the Armed Forces and other security agencies. The DG further expressed willingness to collaborate with EME for the much desired technological breakthrough that would impact on the nation positively.  He further promised to visit Nigerian Army Central Workshop, Kaduna with DICON Management team.