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DICON Boss Harps On Need For Reverse Engineering To Combat Challenges

Posted: Apr 8, 2016 at 8:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Juliet Oyoyo
In the light of the current daunting challenges facing the nation as a result of the drop in oil price at the international market, Major General Bamidele Ogunkale, Director General of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), has emphasised the need for reverse engineering geared towards local production of the nation’s needs.
General Ogunkale made the assertion during a courtesy visit to the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Abdullahi Muhammadu, at the nation’s capital, Abuja.
DICON, according to Gen. Ogunkale, is noted for its excellent performance in reverse engineering whereby tools used for the production of military hardware are plowed back in production of civilian goods.
He said there is room for geometric improvement as the corporation is poised to redouble its effort to perform better.
“The wood factory was built primarily to take care of the wooden parts of some rifles as well as ammunition boxes; it is the excess capacity in this particular factory that is channeled toward building furniture, which is classified under civilian products.
“The corporation is currently building some classroom chairs for some local governments in Kaduna State and, in terms of quality, DICON has no rival within the states because we have machines that give special treatment to the wood before being used,” Gen. Ogunkale added.
He disclosed that the excess capacity in some of the factories where military products were manufactured are also channeled towards fabricating new tools or pipes for the NNPC, especially the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), adding that DICON also produces wind vanes, hand pumps, ceremonial swords, mace, among others.
The DICON DG disclosed that the corporation also embarks on “utilising its excess capacity to produce civilian products just to ensure that the production lines were not lying fallow, stressing that there was need to keep the machines working constantly”.
“We also train armourers not only for the Armed Forces but also other security agencies. Currently, we have some personnel from the Customs and the Federal Road Safety undergoing Armourers’ Course in DICON’s Training School.”