By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has charged Chief Innocent Chukwuma, chairman of Innoson Motors, to consider building Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) as his contribution to assist the government in fighting insurgency in the country.
Idris spoke in Nnewi, Anambra State, at the commissioning of Innoson Vehicle Automated Plant and unveiling of one of the company's latest brand, Innoson IVM Granite, 2019 edition.
Represented by his Deputy, Agboola Oshodi-Glover, Idris commended Innoson for providing camouflaged vehicles to the Army to tackle all forms of insecurity.
He assured him of police patronage on armoured vehicles produced by the company, just as he called on other organizations to support the 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 Personnel Carriers to enable the police to tackle insurgents and other security challenges in the country,' he added.
Also speaking, the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, praised the ingenuity of the company amidst apparent challenges in 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 and gather parts to assemble in Nigeria,' he said.
He however regretted the epileptic power supply in the state, which, he said, had hampered the production possibility frontier of the company.
The governor urged the federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, provide adequate power supply and enabling environment for maximum productivity.
He also appealed to the federal Government to commence placing orders on the vehicles produced by IVM.
'With what innoson is doing, he's contributing immensely to the nation's GDP and should be encouraged to do more,' Obiano added.
Earlier, the chairman of the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, said the company's major strength was its ability to produce according to clients' specifications.
He said, 'The fact that the Nigeria Police vehicles operate in diverse and dangerous terrains as a result of its functions, Innoson can produce specific operational vehicles that will meet the operational requirements of the Nigeria Police.'
He however urged the police to partner with them for the manufacturing of its specific and customized 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-Ups,' he said.