Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, said after the meeting with the management of the company led by the Chairman, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, on Tuesday in Abuja that the essence of the meeting was to further formalize the business relationship between the Nigerian Army and Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company.
According to a statement by Brig-General Sani Usman, Director of Army Public Relations, Burutai recalled that the Nigerian Army asked Innoson Motors to supply three vehicles early last year, which were found to be durable and performing very well as they were employed in combat and proved to be useful, comfortable and convenient in military operations.
The army chief said that the Nigerian Army acquired over 70 more variants of the Innoson vehicles which were deployed in the North East for Operation Lafiya Dole.
According to him, the Nigerian Army desires to deepen its cooperation by partnering with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to conceptualize, design, modify and produce military hardware.
The specific areas of partnership between the Nigerian Army and the company include immediate supply 100 vehicles, supply of appropriate gears, engines and chassis required for immediate modifications and repairs of armoured vehicles in the North East Theatre of Operations.
In his remarks, Chukwuma promised to assist the Nigerian Army in its quest for better vehicles for its troops and resuscitation of its Special Vehicle Plant and Workshops.
Chukwuma assured the army that his company would continue to improve and expand its capacity in vehicle manufacturing.
He further appreciated the Nigerian Army for the patronage, describing the critical role the Nigerian Army is playing in national development through the fight against insurgency in the North East and Nigeria, in general.