The minister of trade and investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, has commended Innoson Vehicles Company (IVC) located in Nnewi, Anambra State, for producing the first Nigeria-made vehicles, saying such an investment is necessary to expand the country’s production and manufacturing frontiers.
Aganga who spoke at the weekend in Nnewi during the unveiling of the company’s new cars, namely IVM Fox, IVM UMU and IVM UZO, noted that by producing a truly made-in-Nigeria car, the company has put Nnewi, Anambra State and Nigeria on the global map of car manufacturing countries.
Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, commended the initiative and efforts of the managing director and chief executive officer of the company, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, in expanding the state’s industrial base.
Also speaking at the event, the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, said that right from when he was governor and thereafter, INNOSON vehicles had remained part of his official and private cars. He called on Nigerians and the governments at all levels to embrace INNOSON vehicles as well as other made-in-Nigeria products.
The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Bank of Industry, Rasheed Adejare, said the bank was proud of INNOSON company, adding that the proprietor of Innoson vehicles has been admitted into the bank’s “Hall of Fame” for his faithfulness in repaying loans advanced to him by the bank.
In his remarks, Dr. Chukwuma said the company will forever remain grateful to Obi, for patronizing the company’s products during and after his tenure as governor of Anambra State. He called on other Nigerians to emulate the former governor by being proud users of made-in-Nigeria products.
He also thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for commissioning the company, saying that the support from the federal government during the construction stage of the car manufacturing plant is commendable and impressive.