In a significant stride towards self-sufficiency in defense manufacturing, the Director General of Nigeria's Defence Industries Corporation (DICON), Major General Aniedi Edet, announced the resumption of ammunition production. This revelation, made on February 13, 2024, follows a period of disruption that had stalled the nation's efforts in domestic arms production.
Established in 1964, DICON has been at the forefront of Nigeria's defense manufacturing landscape. Its mission is to meet the needs of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies by providing indigenous solutions to their hardware requirements.
The recent revival of production lines comes as a breath of fresh air, particularly in light of DICON's recent supply of approximately four million rounds of ammunition to the Nigerian Army. This accomplishment underscores DICON's commitment to enhancing Nigeria's defense capabilities and reducing reliance on foreign imports.
The DICON Act 2023: A Catalyst for Change
This development aligns with the objectives of the newly enacted DICON Act 2023, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu in November 2023. The Act seeks to establish a robust military-industrial complex in Nigeria, with DICON serving as the central hub.
Under this new legislation, DICON is poised to incorporate various defense-related industries across Nigeria, thereby consolidating the nation's defense manufacturing capabilities under one umbrella. This strategic move is expected to streamline production processes, enhance operational efficiency, and ensure consistent quality control.
In a thought-provoking statement, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, advised DICON to consider harnessing the skills of illegal weapons manufacturers. By integrating these talents into DICON's operations, Nigeria could channel their expertise into productive use, thereby addressing the issue of illicit arms manufacturing while simultaneously bolstering DICON's workforce.