Innoson Group of Companies Nigeria limited on Sunday said it has enjoyed huge patronage and support from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Chairman of the group, Chief Innocent Chukwuma disclosed this in Nnewi, Anambra State in a press briefing.
He also listed Enugu, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Anambra, Gombe, and Bauchi states as well as Nigeria Military as those patronizing vehicles from the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) of company.
He however said the company could transform Nigeria into vehicle manufacturing hub in Africa in no distant time if given more patronage.
He also said his vehicle factory has the capacity to manufacture all brands of vehicle, adding, he hope to expand soonest.
He said, “I can say that Innoson vehicle manufacturing is doing well especially with the level of patronage and support the company is enjoying under the present federal government.
“I must equally say that some state governments like; Ekiti, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kogi, Gombe, Anambra and Bauchi are giving us a great boost.
“As at today, Innoson vehicles are being used in some West African countries like Mali, Sierra Leone and Ghana and some Nigerians residing abroad return home to purchase our vehicles.”
According to Chukwuma, Innoson Group of Companies produces motorcycle tyres, plastic containers, ceramic and vehicles presently employing between 7,300 and 7,500 workers.
“With more support and patronage from Nigeria, we hope to expand our vehicle manufacturing firm to help provide more employment to our youths,” he posited.
Reacting on the performance of the youths from Niger Delta trained by his firm under the amnesty programme, Chukwuma said most of them had continued to bring their talents to bear towards the growth and development of the company.
“Some of the youths of the Niger Delta who we trained are very talented and after their training, we retained some of them and they are part of the success story of Innoson vehicle manufacturing today”, he said.
On the recent report alleging that Anambra State lawmakers rejected Toyota Prado Jeep and demanded for Innoson products, Chukwuma denied knowledge of the report.
He said anybody, including the lawmakers were free to buy any brand of vehicle of his choice.
He said he currently enjoyed very warm relationship with the state governor, Willie Obiano and his government, expressing his willingness to leverage on the relationship to impact positively on the state.
”As we speak, Anambra State Government ordered for 40 vehicles which they fully paid for and we hope to deliver them to the state by next week,” he hinted.
“Our Parents’ Death Has Brought Us Closer To Each Other” — Kanu’s Family
The family of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu said that the death of their parents have them to be more united against the belief by some persons that the family would scatter after the burial.
Though their elder brother, Nnamdi who is the first son of the family was absent at their parent’s burial ceremony, the family of late Israel and Ugoeze Sally Kanu said that they were grateful that the burial of their parents was a huge success.
Addressing journalists at their Isiama Afaraukwu country home, the spokesman of the family, Kanunta Kingsley Kanu thanked Abia State police command and journalists for their contributions towards the peaceful and successful burial of their parents.
Kanunta who also commended members of the IPOB in the state and beyond who stood with the family before, during and after the burial said that their parents were an embodiment of peace when they were alive.
He said it was for this reason that his father as the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, was given the title of ‘Omeudo’, stressing that he lived with that peaceful virtue till death.
Kanunta said the family owed a lot of gratitude to journalists within and outside Abia for bringing what transpired at the burial to the entire world.
“I want to tell you journalists that our family members are happy with you, with what you did during the burial and we say a big thank you”.
Kanu said the family was also thanking the Abia state police command for the manner they conducted themselves which contributed to the peace that reigned during the burial.
The family said it was happy that despite the altercation between the police and IPOB before the burial, the commissioner of police, Ene Okon exhibited true sense of professionalism in the way he maintained security in the state on the day of the burial.
He said now their parents were no more, the family would strive to remain united and resolute in the fight for the actualization of Biafra, a movement which they said that their parents believed in.
‘We’re Ready To Fight Herdsmen’ — IPOB Declares
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared readiness to battle Herdsmen while calling on residents of South East to be prepared to defend themselves and land against further slaughter.
It decried the alleged involvement of bandits in what it described as “endless cycle of slaughter and mayhem especially in Biafraland,” particularly with recent killings in Delta State.
Speaking yesterday, IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful noted that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s brave condemnation of Nigerian Army’s involvement in the orgy of violence unleashed by five different terror groups against innocent populations was an indication that the killings were “premeditated slaughter of the defenseless.”
According to him: “IPOB’s message of freedom is the only way out of the present impasse in the fight against state sponsored Fulani terrorism in Nigeria.”
He recalled: “In 2014, before the murderous tendencies of Miyetti Allah was unleashed on hapless Nigerians, way before Fulani herdsmen, bandits, foreign fighters, ISWAP, Ansaru, Al-Qaeda in the Mahgreb descended on innocent citizens, our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said it live on air during his prophetic message of 6th February, 2014 on Radio Biafra that: “Fulani herdsmen will be armed and encouraged to slaughter us with impunity and their masters will protect them.”
He said: “The US government and her law makers will now pay more attention to all IPOB submissions following this confirmation by Gov. Okowa.”
He vowed that IPOB would resist every attempt by the herdsmen to unleash terror on Biafraland.
“Therefore, we are calling on our people to be prepared because we are going to take on Fulani terrorists in our land.”
‘My Parents’ Burial Brought Divided S’East, S’South Together As One Biafran Family’ — Nnamdi Kanu
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has averred that the burial of his parents brought the people of South-East and South-South together as one Biafran family.
Kanu’s parents; His Royal Highness Eze Israel Okwu-Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, who died last year, were laid to rest on Friday in their royal compound in Afaraukwu community, Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
The IPOB leader who was absent at the funeral took to micro-blogging site, Twitter, on Saturday, February 15, to express his delight at the success of the burial and also thanked those who graced the occasion.
“I’m joyful my parent’s burial finally brought the artificially divided people of SE and SS together as one Biafran family.
“Thank you Biafrans, friends and well-wishers for a truly memorable funeral,” Kanu tweeted.