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 BO Ogunkale DSS psc fndu MSc MNSE FNMS MNImechE CEng 

DG Curriculum Vitae

The General has attended 11 courses cutting across the tactical, engineering and the strategic spheres. In summary General Ogunkale had five (C+) grading, and five (B) grading in 10 different Military Courses. He also had a (B+) grading in his National Defence Course which he attended in National Defence University Islamabad Pakistan. Major General BO Ogunkale was the best all round Anglophone student in his Senior Staff Course (Mali/France) and the best all round student in his Senior Engineer Officers Course.

Major General Ogunkale has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lagos State University (LASU), a Master’s degree in Production Engineering from University of Agriculture Makurdi and another Master’s degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the National Defence University Islamabad, Pakistan. The senior officer also has two Diploma Certificates in French language and a Certificate from Pearson Peace Keeping Institute. Additionally, He was awarded with a Honorary Doctorate Degree in Management from Common Wealth University, Beliza, London UK.

General Ogunkale has held several appointments commensurate to his rank. Notable amongst which are;

  • Engineer Rep. Nigerian Army School of Artillery.
  • French Interpreter at EX EAGLE RINGS I and II.
  • Commanding Officer 24 Support Engineer Regiment.
  • Registrar, Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies NASME Makurdi.
  • Deputy Director Combat – Department of Army Standard Evaluation.
  • Commander, 43 Division Engineers, Jos.
  • Director of Army Work, Headquarters, Nigerian Army Engineers, Lagos.
  • Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, Benue State.

Major General Ogunkale was the OC of the 7 Nigerian ECOMOG Brigade, Field Engineer Squadron that Captured the St Johns Bridge which was prepared for reserved demolition during the ECOMOG operation in Liberia in 1993. He also Captured alive the Colonel that was to blow up the demolition.

He is presently the Director General of the Defence Industries Cooperation of Nigeria (DICON). While in DICON he has pioneered research into the production of Mobile Solar Power Generator Set (MSPG).

Major General Ogunkale speaks English, French, Yoruba and Hausa fluently. He however has flare for learning languages. He can also converse minimally in Igbo, Tiv, Idoma, Liberian English and Urdu which he learnt while in Pakistan.

Workshops & Seminars Attended

The workshops/seminars attended include;

  • Disaster management workshop.
  • Democracy Conflict Management and Rule of Law.
  • Security Awareness workshop.
  • Peace Keeping Workshop.

Major General BO Ogunkale has undertaken several projects to impact his immediate environment. Some of these projects include:

  • Establishment of NAOWA Love Garden in 43 DE, Jos.
  • Rehabilitation of NAOWA Centre in 43 DE, Jos.
  • Remodelling of Sappers Hall in 43 DE, Jos.
  • Remodelling of NASME Headquarters Complex.
  • Transformation Lectures for Youths.
  • Construction/Donation of Culvert to Orozo Community, Abuja.
  • Construction of Culvert in Kurudu Phase 4 Post Housing Barracks Abuja.
  • Donation of Books/Journals to Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies (NAITES).
  • Donation of Computers and accessories to Command Day Secondary School NASME Barracks, Makurdi.