By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
The Chairman Presidential Committee on Small Arms and light weapons, Air Commodore Joseph Adeleke has said that the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) has the inherent potential of leading the Nation out of the woods in terms of much cherished industrialization of the nation Judging from the caliber of equipment in the corporation ordnance factory .
The Chairman who was on facility tour of DICO. Ordnance factory with other members of the team noted with delight that he had visited DICON before but what he saw on ground in his recent visit was worthy of commendation, adding the current Director-General of the Corporation, Major-General Bamidele Ogunkale whom he described as trail blazer was making the nation proud with the current success stories emanating from the corporation.
According to him, the presidential committee on small Arms and light weapons had earmarked DICON to play key role in the committee’s effort to curtain the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, especially in the area of making them to easy control and destruction.
The chairman further said that much has been done in terms of disarmament programme across the nation especially at various flashpoints but there was still much ground to cover and the committee would not rest on its oars till the citizen begin to abhor the business.
He said that the locals at the border in some states that have been identified with illicit arms deal have been given regular sensitization programme aimed at creating awareness for them to corporate with the committee by reporting those involved in smuggling arms and light weapons into the country on the destruction of surrendered or confiscated weapons, the chairman said it had been a very sensitive issue because members of the committee could easily be accused of double standard stressing that they would always ensure there was adequate media coverage at the collection point during destruction.
Earlier, the Director-General of the DICON, Major –General Bamidele Ogunleke commended the committee for the great invaluable services it was rendering to the nation as they traverse the length and breath of the nation with the attendant risk inherent of the border post. He said DICON would be ready to partner with the committee in any identified areas that would ease effective service delivery both for the committee and the corporation and the nations would be better for it.
The Director-General also said that DICON has a functional furnace where those retrieved weapons would be melted and that if they are given to the corporation they would no doubt alleviate the problem of sourcing for raw materials for some of the fabrication of products embarked upon through reverse engineering.