On Monday, February 15th, 2016, six Made-In-Nigeria cars produced by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd, IVM, were spotted at the Nigerian Senate car park of the National Assembly in Abuja. The cars include a jeep, a van and four other salon vehicles.
This was happening on the same day, the Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Senator Ben Murry-Bruce, took delivery of the cars he ordered from IVM company which was delivered to him by the Company Chairman, Innocent Chukwuma. The cars according to Bruce, would be used for his official duties.
There has been clarion call from all well meaning Nigerians including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, encouraging the citizens to patronise our locally made goods in order to increase our national streams of income and strengthen the economy and as part the #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira campaign, Senator Bruce and the National Assembly have taken the lead by patronizing Nigerian made cars.
Cornel Osigwe,who spoke at the Made-in-Aba trade fair which kicked off on Monday, February 8th at Area 11, Garki Abuja, said that the company would try to get the National Assembly to buy the IVM vehicles for use as their official car. According to the Innoson spokesperson;
“Government’s recognition of Innoson and the likes, will act as an endorsement for the brand. It can also boost patronage from Nigeria and other African countries.”
While briefing journalists in Abuja on the trade fair event, the Director General of Small And Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN, Alhaji Bature Umar Masari pointed out that the purpose of the Made-in-Aba trade fair is to showcase products made by Nigerians who have received capacity building over the years.
Also speaking at the fair was the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who promised that the National Assembly will give their support to local producers by making policies that will motivate more patronage for home-made goods. In his speech he said,
“I am here because I fully support this project and I commend all the manufacturers of these products, you are pace setters in this country. As a country, we have no choice than to give you the full support that you have worked for, that you deserve and you will have.
“I am standing before you this afternoon, along with my colleagues, to give you the assurance that today we open a new chapter for the support of made in Nigeria goods in this country.”
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After the visit, the Senate President who communicated with some of the traders at the trade fair, put up a post on Facebook expressing his satisfaction at the quality of the products that were displayed for sale. He said,
“I had fun today at the ‘Made in Aba’ Trade Fair. It was amazing to see the ingenuity and quality of Nigerian made products.
In my remarks, I promised that the National Assembly would work on amending the Procurement Act by changing the word “may” to “shall” to ensure that Nigerian products are given first priority over their foreign counterparts in the procurement process.”