The Defence Industries
Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1964.
Consequently a West German manufacturing firm Fritz Werner was assigned
the task of providing technical expertise and set up the Ordnance
Factory in Kaduna.
The first Technical Partner of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) was Fritz Werner of Western Germany. FW designed and built the Kaduna Ordnance Factories in 1964 with the following production capacities;
The Nigerian Civil War
which occurred between 1967 -1970 necessitated the tripling of the above
production rates and the factory was thus able to make a significant
contribution to the war effort. After the war in 1970, the lucrative
arms market for DICON ended. Therefore, in order to remain in business
DICON decided to use its equipment to produce civilian items like rural
water supply equipment, industrial spare parts and furniture for sale to
"I have no doubt about DICON performing beyond expectation" - Perm. Sec, MOD