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First auto assembly plant in A/Ibom 70% ready – Govt



The first automobile assembly plant in Akwa Ibom State is 70 per cent ready, the state government has said.
The factory, MIMSHAC-MERKAVIM Automobile Plant, ibeing developed in Ikot Ukap of Itu Local Government Area, is said be gearing up towards kick-starting operations.
The company’s Managing Director Valentino Okorie gave the update on the project, adding that work was being intensified on the plant to get it completed in a couple of weeks and opened it for business.

A statement by the state government on its verified Facebook page described the project as part of the fruits of Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration’s relentless industrialisation push.

When completed,  it stated that it would be the first car assembling plant in the South-South region of Nigeria.

It stated that once the SKD (Semi Knocked down facility/production line arrives, over 3,000 direct workers would be employed and sent abroad for a six weeks training in automobile assembling.
The automobile plant is said to have six production lines with a capacity to chun out five conventional vehicles, 18 cars/ SUVs, 13 mini buses, nine midi buses, five luxurious buses.

A total production of 108 cars/SUVs, 56 buses in two weeks. 30 luxurious buses and conventional vehicles in one month will be the target, according to the report.
“The buses to be produced in the factory for commercial purposes; have over 25 years durability. The vehicles are built with Israeli standard technology, the best you can ever think of. The engine is formidable and known over the world. The body is alloy”, Okorie added

He lauded Governor Emmanuel for taking personal interest in the project, and for providing all the needed support for it to commence production.
The report listed media aides to Governor Emmanuel that attended the briefing by Okorie as Essien Ndueso, Aniekeme Finbarr, Solomon Eyo and Rev Richard Peters.


Lagos threatens to suspend NURTW, RTEAN over clashes



The Lagos State Government has threatened to suspend operations of transport unions in the Mile 2 area of the state should they continue to clash.

Three people reportedly died during a bloody clash last week on the Mile 2 and Amuwo Odofin axis between the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Amuwo division.

Responding to the violence, the Lagos State Government on Tuesday brokered peace between the warring factions in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, stated that the state government would deal with the case after the police had concluded their investigation and presented the report of the crisis.

He noted that multiple levies on truckers by the unions around the axis had been the cause the dispute.

Fayinka warned the unions to beware of infiltrators as this would soil their reputation and lead to an abrupt end of the activities by the state government as the safety of lives and properties is first and sacrosanct.

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Toyota Nigeria paying correct import duty, says Customs



(L-R): Mr. Olaleye Ige, Branch Manager Northern Operation, Elizade Nigeria Limited presenting the two units of brand new Digital Sharp photocopiers AR-6031N to ACG Mohammed Abba-Kura at the Service Headquarters in Abuja recently.
  • NCS gets Toyota customer of the year prize

Toyota Nigeria has been paying the correct import duty on new vehicles it brings into the country, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has confirmed.

The NCS stated this at a ceremony in Abuja where Toyota Nigeria honoured the Customs as the Customer of the Year.

Assistant Comptroller General, Headquarters, Muhammed Abba-Kura, who represented Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (rtd), said, “Toyota Nigeria Limited has been consistently compliant with extant fiscal policies regarding their importations, paying appropriate duty always.”

At the ceremony, Toyota Nigeria presented two units of brand new digital Sharp photocopiers AR-6031N to the NCS in recognition of patronage by the Nigeria Customs in the year 2019.

The NCS in a statement issued by DSC Abdullahi Maiwada, Public Relations Headquarters, said that the “special package was presented in recognition of the Service emergence as Customer of the year 2019 by Mr Olaleye Ige, branch Manager, Northern Operation, Elizade Nigeria Limited at the Service Headquarters in Abuja.

“While receiving the items on behalf of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), the Assistant Comptroller General, Headquarters, Muhammed Abba-Kura, appreciated the gift and commended the cordial relationship between the two organisations.“

The ACG stressed the commitment of the Service to sustaining such partnership in the interest of national growth and development.

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Hyundai Nigeria flaunts Creta’s new voice greetings, other features



The all-new Hyundai Creta has raised the bar of high-performance compact sport utility vehicle in Nigeria with a new set of features packed in the car especially new voice recognition and greetings.

Hyundai Nigeria states this, positing that it is a car most suitable for Nigerian roads, both city and highway drives, including the hustle and bustle of the city.

A statement by Sonu Singh of the Media and Marketing at the Stallion Motors (Hyundai Nigeria’s parent company) says, “If you value style and class, you love to stand out from the pack, then the new Hyundai Creta will be love at first sight for you.

“Poised with great confidence, crafted in strength, power and unmatched performance, this car will make you enjoy driving. It is the most powerful SUV in the Nigerian market. The car won the global CarandBike 2021 Award as the Compact SUV of the year.”

It specifically highlights the new voice greetings when the car owner starts the car, which is said to depend on the time of the day. The voice greetings work as reminder for the occupants to wear their seat belts, it adds.

Hyundai’s latest voice recognition platform is said to have taken technology to a whole new level, making its driving more interactive, convenient and safe.

The auto firm also says the car has been developed from the ground up with new striking features and design language, new chassis, interiors such as the ventilated seats, power-adjustable driver seat, panoramic sunroof, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen.

The new Creta SUV comes with a new range-topping SX and SX (0) infotainment systems that support wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, new voice command such as power windows, point-of-interest search, new smart key with remote engine start.

The performance is described as awesome and considered the best SUV for a long-distance drive.

“A phenomenal performance with low-fuel consumption and very low cost of maintenance, it is the best in five-seater segment driving experience for both city and highway trips. At 80-100 km/hr, there is no engine sound while driving. It is your best buy for a family ride,” the statement adds.

The new Creta is also said to be not just powerful but responsive with highly evolved powertrains that will make driving a pure joy.

Its petrol engines feature weight-saving all-aluminium construction for better fuel economy and they come with Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) plus Dual Variable Valve Timing for improved performance.

The Gearbox options have been expanded to include a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission delivering lightning-fast shifting and the all-new Intelligent Variable Transmission.

The auto firm said, “The all-new Hyundai CRETA is all of these and much more. Whether you’re single, married with kids, or empty nesters, the highly versatile Creta is designed to be a perfect fit. It’s the efficiency multiplier that helps you do more each day and to get it all done in style. Masculine and modern with a difference: That’s the Creta style. Creta’s jewel-like headlamps, its outsized grille, and other bold details dare to be different and push the boundaries of design.

“From every angle, Creta radiates supreme confidence and driving excitement, a feeling that intensifies when you push the start button. It is a car more suitable for Nigerian roads, the hustles and bustles of the proud Nigerian life. You will be happy to have one!”

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