Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has expressed readiness to partner Innoson Motors in procurement of armoured personal carriers to assist the government in fighting insurgency in the country.
The Anambra State Ministry of Information and Communications Strategy reports that IGP said this when he visited Innoson Company, Nnewi, Anambra State for inauguration of Innoson Vehicle Automated Plant and unveiling of Innoson IVM Granite 2019 edition.
Idris commended Innoson for providing camouflaged vehicles for the Army, to tackle all forms of insecurity.
IGP Idris, who was represented by his Deputy, Agboola Oshodi-Glover, assured of police patronage on armoured vehicles produced by the company.
He called on other organisations to support locally made vehicles.
“Innoson is making history. This type is rare. I congratulate you and want to assure you that police will give you all the necessary support you need.
“But you need to commence production of Armoured Personal Carriers to enable the police to tackle insurgency and other security challenges in the country,’’ he added.
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, praised the ingenuity of the company amidst apparent challenges to the industry.
“I’m happy this is happening in our state. It’s only here that we’re manufacturing vehicles. Others travel to other countries to gather parts to assemble in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Gov. Obiano, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, said it was regrettable that there had been epileptic power supply in the state, which he said, had hampered the production possibilities of the company.
The governor urged the FG, as a matter of urgency to provide adequate power supply and the enabling environment for maximum productivity.
He also appealed to governments from other states to commence placing orders for vehicles produced by Innoson Motors.
“With what Innoson is doing is contributing immensely toward growth of the nation’s GDP and should be encouraged to do more,’’ Obiano stressed.
Earlier, Chairman, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Dr Innocent Chukwuma said the company’s major strength was dependent on its ability to produce according to clients’ specifications.
“The fact that the Nigerian Police vehicles operate in diverse and dangerous terrains as a result of its functions, Innoson vehicles can produce specific operational vehicles that will meet the operational requirements of the force.’’
He, however, urged the police to partner with them for the manufacturing of its specific and customised vehicles that would enhance its Constitutional responsibilities to the nation.
“This pick up is built for our roads and it’s in line with the latest generation of international brands of high end pick up,’’ he said.