By Okey Maduforo Awka
The Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co LTD Chief Innocent Chukwuma is to head the Automobile Committee of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines And Agriculture (NACCIMA) against dumping of obsolete and toxic vehicles into the country.
This is coming on the heels of protests by second hand and fairly used vehicles dealers across the country who have been lamenting that that Nigeria has become a dumping ground for obsolete vehicles which they claim is a rip-off on Nigerians and a treat to the lives of Nigerians.
According to the National President of NACCIMA Hajiya Saratu Iya – Aliyu who announced this at the official commissioning of INNOSON Vehicle New Automated Production Line at Nnewi Anambra state yesterday.
“The essence is to monitor and inspect vehicles being imported into the country and ensure that the country do not become dumping ground for used and obsolete vehicles.
“When you look at the vehicles being imported into the country as fairly used you cannot clearly confirm that those vehicles are good enough for our people and you cannot be sure that it would last so INNOSON being a manufacturer is in a better position to find out if those vehicles still have life in them. She said
She also urged the Federal and state government as well as the private sector to ensure provision of the conducive environment so that business such as that of INNOSON can flourish adding that it holds potentials for job creation and reduction of unemployment as well as contribute to the Gross Domestic Product GPD and fast track Industrialization in the country.
Speaking earlier the CEO of INNOSON Chief Innocent Chukwuma noted that “the major attendant benefit of this automated plant is that it will definitely reduce production cost. IAM glad to announce that this newly installed plant has successfully reduced the cost of brand new 15-17 seater Hummer buses from sixteen million naira to nine million naira.
“We intend to duplicate the success of these Production line to other production lines . We shall not stop until an average Nigerian can comfortably purchase a brand new vehicle. he said