In a significant development for Nigeria's defense sector, the Director General of Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Maj. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, announced the resumption of ammunition production and the supply of four million rounds to the Nigerian Army. The announcement, made on February 13, 2024, signals a new era in the country's military industrial complex.
At the heart of this resurgence is the new DICON Act 2023. Ezugwu emphasized the Act's transformative potential, stating that it "provides the legal framework for DICON to operate optimally." The Act grants DICON autonomy and expanded capabilities, enabling it to produce a broader range of defense equipment and collaborate more effectively with international partners.
Commendation from the GOC: Confidence in DICON's Innovations
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, commended DICON for its efforts, expressing confidence in the corporation's innovations. "DICON's renewed capacity is a testament to Nigeria's commitment to self-reliance in defense," he said. "We are confident that DICON will continue to deliver quality products that meet the Nigerian Army's operational requirements."
This development comes amid calls from prominent figures, including Bola Tinubu, for the Nigerian Armed Forces to continue safeguarding the country's territorial integrity against all threats. Speaking at a recent event, Tinubu urged the military to remain steadfast in their mission to maintain peace and security in Nigeria.
As Nigeria continues to face various security challenges, the resumption of ammunition production and the supply of four million rounds to the Nigerian Army mark a crucial step in enhancing the country's defense capabilities. With the new DICON Act 2023 providing the legal framework for DICON to operate optimally, Nigeria is well-positioned to build a robust military industrial complex, ensuring its self-reliance in defense and its ability to protect its citizens.