I Will Drive Only Made In Nigeria Vehicles- Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu
The Honourable Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has described the Chairman and CEO of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Ltd Dr Innocent Chukwuma OFR as an embodiment of the vision and aspiration of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the areas of technological development, job and wealth creation.
The Hon Minister made this statement during the visit by Dr Chukwuma to the minister yesterday. The Minister assured that the ministry and its agencies would cooperate and collaborate with the company beginning with patronising made in Nigeria vehicles, immediately the budget is assented.
“We will lead the urgent need to patronize made in Nigeria vehicles. As soon as the budget is assented, the minister will only drive made in Nigeria vehicles. We will lead by example; all the agencies in the ministry, 17 of them will begin to use made in Nigeria vehicles.
Our president has promised that he will create jobs and grow the economy. In Innocent Chukwuma, we find a man who started small, grew with time and today he is an embodiment of all these beautiful jobs, highly technical jobs; high quality. we now have cars with 60% local content.
Through him; he has been involved in the peace initiative in the Niger Delta by training the youths. Even without support, you have been doing research and innovation. I believe with support, you will do more. The administration will champion and ensure that the obstacles you are facing are removed for you to operate optimally. When you do so, you will hire more Nigerian s and the economy will grow. What you are doing is an act of patriotism. Onu declared.
Earlier on, Dr Chukwuma prayed for the Federal Government support to confront some difficult challenges which the company was facing such as; Lack of access to foreign exchange to enable them source raw materials/components needed from overseas as this will help to retain and maintain over 7,200 employees and also favorable policy to ensure that home-made goods are protected and patronized by all levels of government and her agencies.