Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has observed that the latest mini bus to roll off the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing plant in Nnewi, has all it takes to replace Keke NAPEP tricycle as a popular means of transportation in the country.
Inside Innoson auto plant, Nnewi
Gov Obi said though the tricycle, also known as Keke Marwa, is widely in use in both urban and rural areas, Innoson’s latest offering could overtake the Indian import in terms of suitability for quick shuttles and passenger appeal.
He made the observations recently in Awka, Anambra State during an exhibition of made-in-Nigeria products organized by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Eastern zone.
According to him, “Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company has made Nigeria proud with its vehicles. This latest product, IVM 1.3 mini bus, will surely satisfy the demands of those who may not like to use “keke” because of its rough nature. The small vehicle which has in-built air conditioner is not only unique, but attractive and durable. This is really a great initiative from a determined mind like Chief (Dr.) Innocent Chukwuma, OFR, the company’s Chief Executive Officer.”
The governor who recently bought school buses and refuse disposal trucks valued at over =N=400 million from the company, further called for encouragement and support for the Nnewi plant, from other states in Nigeria, stating that the range of vehicles it has so far produced is a testimony to its commitment and determination to elevate auto industry in Nigeria.
The newest Innoson vehicle, a 1.3 litre-engine, six-seater bus, is currently on display at the company’s stand at the Enugu International Trade Fair, where it is attracting a lot of attention from visitors.