There is the need to focus on such local manufacturers like INNOSON vehicle manufacturing company which has made a mark as the first indigenous vehicles manufacturing firm. With over 10,000 Nigerians in their employ, INNOSON has the potential to fill the yawning gap that scarcity of dollar and other foreign currencies has created in purchasing vehicles and other products from abroad. Furthermore, if given more support INNOSON will boost Federal government’s effort at job creation and with a population of over 170 million people and youths making up close to 60%, all hands must be on deck towards ensuring adequate engagement of youths. INNOSON as a company has the capacity to employ many of them and equip them with necessary skills for their sustenance. Apart from creating jobs for our youths, INNOSON has the capacity to transfer the necessary technology that can position Nigeria as an industrialised economy. Lest we forget, Ford Motors USA owned by the Ford family was in the fore front among other companies that pioneered the American industrial revolution. Obviously, the oil glut can indeed be turned into a fortune for Nigeria if the Federal government supports such companies like INNOSON to reach their fullest potential. As a country we must begin to look inwards and tap the numerous potentials inherent in our people. It is indeed a great feat for an indigenous company to venture into a terrain as automobile manufacturing that many thought was the whiteman’s exclusive reserve. It clearly demonstrates patriotism and faith in Nigeria’s economy. The next step is for the various tiers of government to take it a notch higher through a guaranteed patronage. Moreover, government should avail INNOSON group all the necessary incentives that will enable them sustain their manufacturing activities.
INNOSON as a company is already a pride to the country as their vehicles are now sold and driven in some African countries. Granted that a few components of the vehicles are imported, yet it is common knowledge that this is the practice globally. No single company is able to produce all the components of any particular brand, but substantially the parent company is responsible for the final output, and this is the case with INNOSON and other brands. Until we begin to demonstrate our patriotism by patronising locally made vehicles such as INNOSON, we cannot realise the vision of exporting other made in Nigeria products to other countries. As a country, our technological breakthrough will not happen overnight, but through such deliberate and bold efforts being taken by companies like INNOSON. Besides stimulating the economic growth of a nation, automobile manufacturing also facilitates transfer of necessary technological knowledge that is required for any county to emerge as an industrialised economy.
For me one major lesson learnt from all of this is that all hands should be on deck. Nigerians should quit complaining about government’s inadequacies, though many, and get doing. Especially the youth. Many opportunities abound out there, you just need to take the first small step. Be part of the solution and not the problem. Be a job creator and not a veteran job seeker (always seeking but never finding) Innoson started small, grew, got better and the journey is far from over. What’s your own story?