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.
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 25th of September 2020, 213 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 58,062 confirmed cases.
On the 25th of September 2020, 213 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 10,526 samples across the country.
To date, 58,062 cases have been confirmed, 49,606 cases have been discharged and 1,103 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 494,577 tests have been carried out as of September 25th, 2020 compared to 484,051 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 25th September 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 58,062
- Total Number Discharged – 49,606
- Total Deaths – 1,103
- Total Tests Carried out – 494,577
According to the NCDC, the 213 new cases are reported from 17 states- Lagos (51), Plateau (51), FCT (29), Rivers (18), Ondo (12), Oyo (9), Osun (8), Gombe (7), Ogun (7), Kaduna (5), Enugu (4), Edo (3), Jigawa (3), Kano (3), Benue (1), Delta (1), Sokoto (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 19,174, followed by Abuja (5,644), Plateau (3,373), Oyo (3,248), Edo (2,620), Kaduna (2,389), Rivers (2,305), Delta (1,801), Ogun (1,796), Kano (1,737), Ondo (1,620), Enugu (1,289), Ebonyi (1,038), Kwara (1,028), Abia (881), Gombe (864). Katsina (848), Osun (826), Borno (741), and Bauchi (692).
Imo State has recorded 566 cases, Benue (481), Nasarawa (449), Bayelsa (397), Jigawa (325), Ekiti (317), Akwa Ibom (288), Niger (259), Adamawa (237), Anambra (234), Sokoto (162), Taraba (95), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Zamfara (78), Yobe (75), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
Lock Down and Curfew
In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.
On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.
On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.
Lagos launches N5 billion support fund for 2,000 low-cost private schools
The Governor said the facility will benefit low-cost schools with amounts ranging from N500,000 to N5 million.
Lagos State government has launched a N5billion support fund to help reduce the impact of Coronavirus pandemic on low-cost private schools in the state.
This was disclosed by the Governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu via his Twitter handle on Friday.
According to him, the educational sector is one of those severely impacted by the pandemic, with schools and vocational learning-centres shut since March.
He said, “With access to funding for privately owned schools and vocational training centres in the state, we are confident that this programme, under the partnership between First Bank Nigeria and Lagos State Education Trust Fund (LSETF) will help accelerate a sustainable return to learning and skills acquisition.”
Today, I launched a N5bn support fund to help reduce the impact of #COVID19 on low-cost private schools in Lagos. The educational sector is one of those severely impacted by the pandemic, with schools and vocational learning-centres shut since March. #EducationMeetsFunding pic.twitter.com/PrKjLhxBXq
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) September 25, 2020
He explained that the facility will benefit 2,000 low-cost schools with amounts ranging from N500,000 to N5 million.
“As a responsible Government, we are obligated to provide interventions that would enable learners in schools study in line with the new normal,” the Governor Sanwo-Olu added.
The Chief Executive Officer, First Bank Nigeria, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, said “With this partnership, we are sure that registered educational institutions in Lagos State will have access to funds at subsidised interest rates to meet their needs as they reopen at this auspicious time.”
Paga Group relocates to the UK
Oviosu announced that he is very excited about moving to and working with the UK government.
Paga Group has redomiciled from Mauritius to the United Kingdom (UK). The group is the holding company for its operations in Nigeria, México, Ethiopia, and the UK.
This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer and founder, Paga, Tayo Oviosu on Friday.
The Paga Group has redomiciled to the UK 🇬🇧!
The Paga Group is the holding company for our operations in all countries – Nigeria, México, Ethiopia, and the United Kingdom.
Very excited about this move and look forward to working with @tradegovuk to promote trade with the UK!
— Tayo Oviosu (@oviosu) September 25, 2020
Why it matters: The company took the decision due to bureaucratic challenges it faced last year.
He said, “The laws and courts of Mauritius are not very fast-moving, and the rules are difficult. I’ve had one court case that was eventually thrown out after a year.
“In the UK it would have been thrown out immediately, and the person would have had to pay us for our lawyer fees.
“Basically, not an easy place to do business. It is more painful than useful. I say stick to good ol’ America or UK or Netherlands or Luxemburg. Where you know there are professionals, and the legal system works.”
Oviosu said he is very excited about the move, looks forward to working with the UK government to promote trade with the UK.
The Paga Group has raised $34.7 million in funding so far, according to Crunchbase.