It just so happens that Innoson Vehicle is not the only local vehicle assembling company operating in the country.
Another company was already in existence before Innosson. It is called the National Truck Manufacturers Ltd.
About National Truck Manufacturers Ltd
Widely referred to as Kano Cars, National Truck Manufacturers Limited is a car assembling company that came into production in 1970. The company is located in Kano, and boomed during the 1970s.
During this period, Nigeria also witnessed the establishment of many other assembling plants such as Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited (PAN), Kaduna, Volkswagen of Nigeria Limited (VON), Lagos, Anambra Motor Manufacturing Limited (ANAMMCO), Emene, Enugu, and Steyr Nigeria Limited, Bauchi.
But virtually all these companies later went out of business, except for National Truck Manufacturers Limited. The company has mainly been assembling trucks. And even though it is not as popular as Innoson vehicle, it remains one of Nigeria’s only indigenous car production companies.
In 2010, it was reported that the NTM will start producing over 60,000 trucks in Nigeria.
Does the NTM threaten the presence of Innoson vehicle
Since NTM focuses more on the production of trucks, it may not exactly be a threat to Innoson Vehicle.
Moreover, many Nigerians on Twitter have opined that the company itself isn’t even known. According to them, they were just hearing about it for the first time, thanks to a tweet by a Nigerian lady identified as @ovieali.
We do Yusuf in Kano . It is the most profitable vehicle company by a Nigerian. Just like Innoson, they buy their engines from abroad. They are called NTM, National truck manufacturers LTd , Kano. Along Kano-Zaria road. pic.twitter.com/VROV00X9si
— ᴏᴍᴀsᴏʀᴏ ᴀʟɪ ᴏᴠɪᴇ™☤ (@OvieAli) March 28, 2019
What’s KanoCars? 1st time I’m hearing about it
— Yusuf_Yoshka (@YusufYoshka) March 28, 2019
Wow very impressive how come i never heard of this 🤔
— Malam_Naseer (@naseer_gk) March 28, 2019
Me too I'm shocked… I've never heard of them 🤔
— Nazir ✨ (@Nazirdanhajiya) March 29, 2019
Yeah this kind of things should be known publicly, it’s something to be proud of.
— Malam_Naseer (@naseer_gk) March 29, 2019
Things might change soon
Since Innoson Vehicle is not limiting its motor production to just cars, SUV’s, buses, and vans alone, NTM might become a competition in the future. Innoson recently introduced its newest trucks earlier this March.
— Innoson Vehicles (@innosonvehicles) March 19, 2019
But both companies’ vehicles aren’t really “wholly made in Nigeria”
Both National Trucks Manufacturers Ltd and Innoson Vehicle are still just assembling cars, as they do not wholly produce their vehicles.
70% of Innoson’s car parts are produced locally while the rest are imported from Japan, China, and Germany.
Regardless, the good thing is that Nigeria has its own indigenous vehicle manufacturing companies. And with the right support from the Government, these companies can become the ideal providers of vehicles for Nigerians; thereby putting an end to vehicle importation.
TCN restores collapsed electricity grid
TCN has now restored the electricity grid system which collapsed across the country over the past weekend.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has restored the collapsed electricity grid system across the country.
This was disclosed by the Acting Managing Director of TCN, Mr Sule Abdulaziz, during a media briefing on Wednesday.
According to the TCN boss, the system which collapsed on Sunday evening was restored within 40 minutes of the incident.
He said, “The company immediately went into action and stabilised the system in Abuja, before other parts of the country. There is nothing strange but it is normal for a system to collapse and that can happen in any country of the world.
“Since I came on board, we never had any system collapse and this one that happened on Sunday was restored immediately which is the fastest system collapse recovery. We are guarding the grid, we don’t want the system collapse to happen, but when it happens, the most important thing is what was done and how it was done to restore the system.”
What you need to know
Three days ago, Nairametrics reported that the recent power blackout in the country was due to multiple trippings.
General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, who made the announcement through a statement said the company had started the process of restoration to the national grid.
Mbah pointed out that the places that power is yet to be restored were Calabar, Makurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola, Ugwuaji and Maiduguri axis.
She stated, “The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) regrets to inform electricity consumers nationwide that at 11:25 am today, the nation’s electricity grid experienced multiple trippings, which led to the collapse of the system.’
“TCN has since commenced grid restoration; power has been successfully restored to every part of the country, except Calabar, Ugwuaji, Markurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola, and Maiduguri axes. The effort is however ongoing to ensure full restoration nationwide.”
N250bn to be spent to fund compressed Natural Gas infrastructure
The CBN is to make available the sum of N250 billion to fund Compressed Natural Gas infrastructure.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is poised to make available the sum of N250 billion to fund Compressed Natural Gas infrastructure.
This move is in a bid to expand gas use and cut reliance on imported fuel, as the government looks forward to offering free conversion to enable some cars run on gas.
It is expected that by 2021, about 1 million cars would have been converted from PMS to Autogas for free.
The National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, is part of the country’s effort to free itself of costly gasoline subsidies and conserve the hard-earned foreign reserves from petroleum product imports, making it imperative to focus on gas as an alternative fuel.
What they are saying
According to the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari,
“Select NNPC stations across the country will offer free conversion of ‘some cars’ to enable them to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or compressed natural gas (CNG). There are currently 80 locations in the country capable of fuelling the vehicles.”
This is a welcome development as it is cleaner, safer, and affordable to run the cars on gas.
It would also, to a large extent, conserve the foreign reserves being depleted from huge petroleum product imports, as well as offer millions of job opportunities.
ABC Transport to raise N1.4 billion through rights issue
ABC Transport Plc has secured the approval of its shareholders to raise additional capital through a rights issue.
The Board of Directors of ABC Transport Plc has secured the approval of its shareholders to raise additional capital through a rights issue from existing shareholders.
This disclosure was made by the board of ABC Transport in a notification issued by the Company’s Secretary, Onyekachukwu C. Chigbo, after announcing shareholders’ resolutions at its 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on Friday 27th November 2020.
According to the information contained in the notification, the rights issue is N1.4billion, which could be raised via the issuance of shares and debt securities as determined by the Directors of the firm.
However, the rights issue is subject to the approval of regulatory authorities.
What this means
A rights issue is an invitation to existing shareholders to purchase additional new shares in the company. This type of issue gives existing shareholders the “rights” to purchase new shares at a discount to the market price on a stated future date.
However, shareholders are not obligated to exercise this right.
In this regard, the company may decide to use the additional capital raised from these offerings to existing shareholders to acquire assets, make a take-over, repay debts or save itself from bankruptcy.
This is expected to strengthen the company’s balance sheet, free up capital for the management to execute revenue, and profit optimizing projects, plans, and strategies.
What you should know
- It is important to know that the board decided to raise additional capital after it had secured shareholders’ approval to increase the company’s authorized share capital from N1billion to N2.5billion by the creation of 3billion additional shares of 50 kobo each, ranking pari-passu in all respects with the existing shares in the Company’s equity.
- In this regard, clause 6 of the Company’s Memorandum of Association and clause 5 of the Articles of Association respectively, will be amended to reflect the increase in the Authorized Share Capital.
- This amendment will be done by deleting the words, “the authorized Share Capital of the Company is N1billion divided into 2billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each,” and substituting therewith the words “the authorized Share Capital of the Company is N2.5billion divided into 5billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each.”