The Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Innocent Chukwuma, has reacted to the news of Abia State Governor, Alex Otti’s patronage of Toyota brands.
Recall that the Abia governor recently purchased 20 pieces of Toyota-branded Hilux vehicles for security agencies in the state.
In his reaction, the Innoson boss has faulted media attacks on the governor, describing Otti as the Number One promoter of the Innoson brand.
Mr Chumwuma said this on Friday at Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area during his visit to the Abia State governor.
“He’s the number one marketer of Innoson. Most of the vehicles bought by the government in this state, Abia, are Innoson vehicles and they are happy with the vehicles.”
While applauding Otti for his continued patronage and support, Chukwuma defended the governor, saying that Otti had placed an order for 20 security pick-up vans from his company, which the government needed urgently but were not available at that period of demand as Innoson had run out of stock at that period, according to Daily Post.
He noted that his company’s inability to supply the 20 vans at the urgent period of need, may have informed the governor’s option for another brand which according to Chukwuma, should not earn Otti criticisms.
The founder of Nigeria’s indigenous vehicle manufacturing company who also used the visit to announce his company’s plans to establish Compressed Natural Gas, GNG plant in Abia for use by diesel and petrol vehicles, disclosed that IVM is presently negotiating with officials of the Abia State government to set up a servicing and vehicles repairing centre in the State.
While receiving the business mogul, Otti assured IVM of the Abia State government’s readiness to partner with the brand, saying that the initiatives would create jobs for Abia youths and contribute to the State’s economic growth.