The chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Innoson Group, manufacturers of the INNOSON brand of vehicles, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, has stated that his dream is to phase out the use of second- hand vehicles, otherwise known as Tokunbo, from Nigerian roads within the next five years.
The Innoson boss stated this at the weekend when a delegation from the LEADERSHIP Group, publishers of LEADERSHIP Newspapers, led by the business development manager, Mrs Mariam Ogbe, visited him in his Umudim, Nnewi, Nnewi North local government area of Anambra State to deliver to him a letter conveying to him his selection by the management and editorial board of the newspaper as the LEADERSHIP Producer Of The Year 2017.
Ogre said the award presentation had become an annual ritual since it was initiated some years ago by the newspaper firm to promote the growth of the nation’s economy by identifying and honouring individuals and corporate organisations that are making immense contributions in diverse sectors towards the overall growth of the nation’s economy.
She noted that this year’s event had been slated to take place on March 29, 2018, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. She informed Chief Chukwuma that he came top amongst 11 others who were considered for the award, adding that part of his contributions which particularly made the panellists chose him for the award was the success stories of his vehicle manufacturing company (IVM) which has earned him admiration, locally and internationally, as “proprietor of the first Indigenous African motor manufacturing company”.
In his response, Chukwuma stated that he was not just happy because the LEADERSHIP management found him worthy to be given the award, but that the gesture has particularly encouraged him to work harder for the growth of the country’s economy because he had seen that people and corporate organisations were appreciating his efforts and contributions toward the growth of the country’s economy.
Stating that his dream was to phase out the use of second-hand vehicles in Nigeria within the next five years or, latest, in 10 years’ time, the Innoson boss added that if given the necessary support by Nigerians, he would force down the price of brand new cars so much that ordinary Nigerians can afford to buy.
He commended the All Progressives Congress ( APC)-led federal government under President Muhammad Buhari for initiating policies which are encouraging local manufacturers by giving directives to government agencies and other institution, as well as individual citizens to patronise locally made goods.
The Innoson boss, however, stated that what was left now was for government officials and other Nigerians to heed government’s clarion call by patronising locally-made goods.