The Nigerian Army led by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, has released a statement through the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, disclosing that it has fostered a partnership with the indigenous motor manufacturing company, Innoson Motors Manufacturing Company for modification of some of its equipment, local production of armoured fighting vehicles and other military hardwares.
The statement released on Tuesday revealed that the partnership was reached in a meeting between the management of the company, led by the Chairman, Doctor Innocent Chukwuma and the leadership of the Nigerian Army led by Lt. Gen. Buratai.
During his remarks at the occasion, Buratai congratulated the manufacturing giant for recording monumental strides in producing different types of vehicles.
According to the statement, “He said that the essence of the meeting was to further formalize the business relationship between the Nigerian Army and Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company. “The Chief of Army Staff recalled with delight that the Nigerian Army being patriotic and in a bid to encourage local entrepreneurs asked Innoson Motors to supply three vehicles early last year which were found to be durable and performed very well as they were employed in combat and proved to be useful, comfortable and convenient in military operations,“ it added.
The statement further revealed: ”Based on that the Nigerian Army acquired over 70 more variants of the Innoson vehicles, which were deployed in the North East for Operation Lafiya Dole. “He further stated that the Nigerian Army desires to deepens its cooperation by partnering with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to conceptualize, design, modify and produce military hardwares. “The specific areas of partnership between the Nigerian Army and the company include immediate supply 100 vehicles, supply of appropriate gears, engines and chassis required for immediate modifications and repairs of armoured fighting vehicles in the North East Theatre of Operations, identifying requirements for production of armoured fighting vehicle in Nigerian Army Central Workshop in Kaduna.”
In his response, Dr. Chukwuma was ecstatic the Army has acknowledged his vehicles worked perfectly and thanked the Chief of Army Staff for his great sense of patriotism in wanting to partner with an indigenous company.
Vowing to aid the Nigerian Army in its search for the best vehicles for its troops and bringing back to life its Special Vehicle Plant and Workshops, Dr Innocent Chukwuma further commended the Chief of Army Staff for the commendation, noting that his company would continue to improve and expand its capacity in vehicle manufacturing. He further appreciated the Nigerian Army for the patronage, describing the critical role the Nigerian Army is playing in national development through the fight against insurgency in the North East and Nigeria in general.
Three of the vehicles recently manufactured by the company for the Nigerian Army to test-drive, were inspected and handed over during the occasion. “These newly manufactured vehicles are; IVM G80 Bigger Jeep, IVM G40 Smaller Jeep and IVM Granite Pickup, “the statement added.