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FG Partners With Innoson To Build Automobiles, Nigeria’s First Aircraft, Etc




Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company has agreed to take-up all automobile research and development (R & D) results at the National Agency for Science & Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI). First Aircraft

The company will then convert them to automobile products for the markets including getting some of them ready for exports.

Buhari is the chairman, board of NASENI while Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna is the executive vice chairman, board of the research and development agency.

NASENI had since 2013 designed & produced prototypes of first made-in-Nigeria motorcycle (both cargo & passenger types).It had also successfully designed and produced first made-in-Nigeria tricycle (Keke).

The agency in addition had designed and produced prototype of jet engine to manufacture first made-in-Nigeria aircraft. This is in addition to several successfully designed automobile spare parts.

All these designs and prototypes however were lying on the shelves. This was because Nigerian entrepreneurs were not interested in them to take them further to full manufactured products and commercialization. This would have created local jobs and wealth at home.

The jinx was however broken yesterday. This happened as the federal government signed the take-off agreements with Innoson Motors. With this agreement, Innoson will complete these auto designs up to finished products. First Aircraft

Haruna who signed the agreement on behalf of government said: “Today is the happiest day for me as the chief executive of NASENI because the dreams of President Muhammadu Buhari and those of the founding fathers are coming to pass which was to see that NASENI’S designs and technologies are transferable to the private sector & industry”

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He went down memory lane saying “the partnership between Innoson Motors and NASENI started since 2013. This was when NASENI produced and launched it’s first made-in- Nigeria motorcycle (NASENI M1). I am happy today that the deal to work together has been sealed”.

The EVC said it was encouraging and patriotic for Innoson Motors to believe in Nigeria and Nigerian engineers and their ingenuities.

He said NASENI’s research outputs are numerous. However, most Nigerian entrepreneurs were not interested in working with the agency. Instead, they preferred to bring in finished products from overseas. This has indirectly hampering endogenous economic development of the country. First Aircraft

“But today both the federal government through NASENI and Innoson Motors have agreed to join in research and development. They have agreed to proffer development solutions. They are to work together on whatever is needed in automobiles in Nigeria,” he added.

According to Haruna, with the commencement of the implementation of the agreements, NASENI and Innoson Motors will no doubt move Nigeria forward.

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In his response, the CEO of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Ltd, Chief Innocent Chukwuma said NASENI had been doing a lot of things in the areas of research and development, but ”today we have commenced a partnership that will live forever”

He said: “Both NASENI and Innoson Motors are passionate about lifting Nigeria out of economic woods.  With God on our side, we shall succeed together”.  First Aircraft

“NASENI has tried with their designs and automobile prototypes, it is our job as manufacturers to take it up from there.”

Curiously, he added, “NASENI’s moulds and designs are comparable to the ones which my company brings from abroad, so I ask myself, why don’t I patronize the designs by my fellow countrymen thereby building their confidence to do more. That’s why I am here.”

A statement by the agency’s deputy director, information, Olusegun Ayeoyenikan said with this collaboration, Nigeria would soon have a success story to tell in the production of automobile spare parts locally even to the extent of exports. is an authoritative car blog in Nigeria. Its objective is to get Nigerians and a wider audience to be more informed about automobiles, the automotive sector and transport infrastructure. Over the years, we have been instrumental in creating immeasurable public awareness about automobiles and their maintenance, safety and traffic laws, amongst others. ...Your mobility, our priority. NK

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