Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman of Nigeria’s indigenous vehicle manufacturing company, Innoson group, over the weekend, revealed that the company would begin the production of low cost quality vehicles in Nigeria by 2018.
The Innoson boss made the revelation while receiving the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, NIPR’s, ‘Brands Symbol Award’, which was conferred on him by the Acting chairman of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, chapter of the institute, Aliyu Aliyu.
According to him the company would begin to roll out the brand new affordable cars from January and would immensely truncate the importation of steep price vehicles into the country.
He said: “I am going to launch a car in one month’s time that people can easily buy in Nigeria with small money. I am looking at about N3 million. The car will be big size, which will have air conditioning, automatic gear and other comforts that will make it easier for all.
“I am not just interested in the Nigerian market alone but the African market and that is where my interest lies now.
“I believe that anything you are doing do it well and if properly done it will market itself. In Innoson Motors where things are done well we try as much as possible to meet international standard as to meet our customers’ demand and expectation with good quality, which people are interested in our vehicles everywhere.”
He lauded the Federal Government for its measures at making Nigeria an automobile manufacturing destination, while he called on Nigerians to extend their patronage and assistance to manufacturers in the sector, as well as other sectors.
He said this would fuel the rapid growth and development of the manufacturing sector, which is about the sole route for the Nigerian economy to grow faster.
Speaking on the award, he couldn’t mask his joy that organizations such as NIPR were closely observing and deemed him fit for such an honour for his minute input in developing the economy.
He said the award will drive him to do his best in his automobile manufacturing business, which Africa remains his target market.