THE Innoson Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Company, IVM, Nnewi, Anambra State has unveiled four brands of their vehicles – IVM G80, IVM 40, IVM 20 and IVM Granitein.
The unveiling ceremony was performed at manufacturing plant at Nnewi. “It was a historic ceremony as it was attended by government officials, business class, clergies and traditional rulers’’.
In his opening speech, Innocent Chukwuma, the chairman, chief executive officer, IVM, recalled how he was discouraged by a few of his trusted friends at the time he was planning to set up the plant.
He said that his friends based their argument on grounds that the existing plants in the country had been in comatose and that government and agencies usually did not patronise local industries.
Chukwuma noted that eight years later, the story had changed and sceptics were proved wrong as IVM had now become an established brand name in motor manufacturing.
The IVM boss said he decided to introduce the new products to take care of high class Nigerians, who want to drive, made in Nigeria vehicles.
He solicited more patronage and partnership from Nigerians, noting that he was not out to make money but to prove that Nigeria were capable of producing their own vehicle.
In a remark, Emeka Ihezulike, special assistant to the minister of Science and Technology, who represented Okechukwu Enelamah, the minister, said that IVM was a pride not just to Nigeria but the entire African countries.
Ihezulike said that the federal government would be interested in what Innoson was doing and continued to patronise the company.
Oba Rasheed Adewale Akanbi (Olowo of Iwo) a first class traditional ruler from Osun state, stressed the need for traditional rulers in the country to start using the IVM products as their official cars.
Oluwo of Iwo said he would present the matter to Osun State Government by the time he reached home, so that the traditional rulers in the state would start using the vehicles like their counterparts in Anambra.
– Dec 12, 2017 @ 18:20 GMT |