The Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) has disclosed readiness to unveil its first prototype of the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) later in September.
The Director General of DICON, Major General Bamidele Ogunkale made the disclosure when the Commandant, Depot Nigeria Army, Zaria, Brigadier General Christopher Musa, paid him a courtesy visit at the corporation’s headquarters in Kaduna yesterday.
According to Maj.-Gen. Ogunkale, with presidential support, DICON plans to go into mass production.
He said, “By September this year, we hope to unveil the first prototype APC and with presidential support, we will go into mass production”.
He, therefore, pleaded with Nigerians to repose confidence on DICON to overcome its crippling problems and achieve its mandate, saying, “Nigerians try to compare and contrast Brazil Defence Industries with DICON.
Whatever hurdles we have identified, we should clear them and move forward”.
Ogunkale added: “I am optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari, who said he is not happy with the wreck in DICON against the hard earned foreign exchange going out for purchase of arms and ammunition, would no doubt give DICON the needed support”.