Rebranding DICON signals the beginning of the repositioning of the Corporation.

The turn-around story of DICON can therefore be traced to the political will of Mr. President, President Muhammadu Buhari, who directed the Ministry of Defence to urgently articulate a proposal for the establishment of a Military Industrial Complex to produce weapons and other equipment for the country’s Armed Forces and reduce reliance on reluctant foreign suppliers. This directive was further driven by the clear strategic directions from both the MOD and Defence Headquarters under the able leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff.

In order to key into the new strategic direction and be relevant both within and outside Nigeria, DICON under my able leadership had to do the honest self-assessment. This led to the evolution of a new vision, mission statement and logo to drive the Corporation for optimal performance.

The Corporation also saw the need to immediately address foundation problems as well as staff welfare issues. This position is aptly captured by Peter Drucker who said that “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. Find everything that is wrong with it and fix it.”

A steady plan was made to tackle the problems which hitherto militated against the smooth take-off of production at the Ordinance Factory of which the factory’s production lines have been revived beyond 90% and production has commenced in full blast.

It is my commitment, therefore “To transform DICON for maximum output towards national defence and enterprise, I pledge to catalyse all directorates and units through target-driven endeavours, improved welfare and focused leadership.”

– Major General HG TAFIDA

Major General Hassan Gadam Tafida was born on 8 December 1967 in Gadam town in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State. Major General Tafida who is a member of the 40 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna started his cadet training on 10 September 1988 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps on 25 September 1993. In the course of his career, he has attended several courses including the Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME) Young Officers’ Course, EME Company Commanders’ Course and EME Commanding Officers’ Course, all at the Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NASEME), Auchi in Edo State.  He has also attended the Junior and Senior Staff courses at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Kaduna State and Logistics Staff Course at the Nigerian Army College of Logistics, Lagos among others.

Major General Tafida has held several staff, instructional and command appointments.  Notable among these appointments are Commanding Officer 932 Brigade Workshop Maiduguri, Chief Instructor Management and Industrial Engineering Wing NASEME, Commander 101 Div Equipment Support Kaduna and Deputy Director Equipment Management Department of Logistics (Army). Others are Commander NA Central Workshop now (Command Engineering Depot) Kaduna and Director Equipment Management Department of Logistics (Army).  Until his appointment as Director General, Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) Major General Tafida was the Commandant NASEME Auchi.

Major General HG Tafida is a proud holder of several honours and awards.  Notable among these awards are the Forces Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, Distinguished Service Star, Command Medal, Passed Staff Course and Passed Logistics Staff Course.  He is also a member of the National Institute and Nigerian Society of Engineers.  Major General Tafida is happily married and blessed with children.