In a significant stride towards self-reliance in defense, the Director General of Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Major General Aniedi Edet, declared that the corporation has resumed arms and ammunition production. This announcement comes after a period of dormancy, during which the nation relied heavily on foreign imports to meet its defense needs.
Established in 1964, DICON has been a cornerstone of Nigeria's defense industrial base. However, after a hiatus, the corporation is now back in the business of manufacturing arms and ammunition. In a recent development, DICON supplied approximately four million rounds of ammunition to the Nigerian Army, signaling its commitment to enhancing military operations.
The DICON Act 2023: A Catalyst for Change
This resurgence in production aligns with the newly enacted DICON Act 2023, which aims to establish a military industrial complex with DICON at its core. The Act, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu in November 2023, empowers DICON to incorporate defense-related industries within Nigeria, thereby fostering a self-sufficient defense sector.
As part of its mandate, DICON is actively seeking partnerships with relevant government agencies and organizations. These collaborations are expected to bolster DICON's capabilities and facilitate the transfer of technology and knowledge, ultimately ensuring that Nigeria's defense needs are met locally.
The resumption of arms and ammunition production by DICON is not merely a milestone in Nigeria's defense sector; it represents a broader narrative of self-reliance, ambition, and national resilience. As DICON embarks on this new chapter, it carries with it the hopes and expectations of a nation eager to assert its place in the global defense landscape.