The Nigerian Army has formally sealed a partnership with  indigenous motor manufacturing company, Innoson Motors Manufacturing, IVM, for the modification of some of its equipment, as well as the local production of armoured fighting vehicles and other military hardwares. 

This partnership was reached during a meeting between the management of the company led by the Chairman, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma and the leadership of the Nigerian Army led by the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieut.-Gen. TY Buratai at the Army Headquarters, Abuja. 

In his remarks, the Army chief  congratulated the company for the giant strides it has recorded in the production of various brands of vehicles in recent times. 

He explained that the essence of the meeting was to further formalize the business relationship between the Nigerian Army and IVM.

Buratai recalled with delight that the Army had 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. 

According to a statement issued by the Army spokesman, Sani Usman, "based on that the Nigerian Army acquired over 70 more variants of the Innoson vehicles which were deployed in the North East for Operation LAFIYA DOLE."

The COAS further stated that the Nigerian Army desires to deepens its cooperation by partnering with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to conceptualize, design, modify and produce military hardwares.  

"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 fighting vehicles in the North East  Theatre of Operations.   Identifying requirements for production of armoured fighting vehicle in Nigerian Army Central Workshop in Kaduna and enhancing capacity  of Nigerian Army personnel to actively participate on the successful implementation of these joint ventures," read the statement.

In his response, Chukwuma expressed delight that the Nigerian Army found his vehicles to be working perfectly and commended the Chief of Army Staff for his great sense of patriotism. 

He promised to assist the Army in its quest for better vehicles for its troops and resuscitation of its Special Vehicle Plant and Workshops. 

While appreciating the Nigerian Army for patronising his product, Chukwuma promised that his company would continue to improve and expand its capacity in vehicle manufacturing. 

Highpoint of the occasion was inspection and handing over of 3 of the newly manufactured vehicles by the company for trial by the Nigerian Army.  

The newly manufactured vehicles are; IVM G80 Bigger SUV, IVM G40. Smaller SUV and IVM Granite Pickup.


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