Ambode Places Nigeria Among The Countries With The Latest Security Cars But None Was A Made In Nigeria Car!!





Did you know that none of the cars bought by the Lagos state government were not produced locally? Does this mean that the local automobile factories are not functioning?


There was so much news about Ambode purchasing security vehicles including 2015 toyota Corolla know for its speed and beauty. This move not only provided Lagos state with the much needed security apparatus but place Nigeria among countries like USA, Australia, Qatar, Germany, South Africa known for using the latest cars for security patrol and crime fighting.

I was however sad to note that none of the cars were made in Nigeria cars even though we have Kia assembling plants. Does it mean the local manufacturing plants are not functioning? I first saw this news on 9jamessenger ( http://9jamessenger.blogspot.com.ng/2015/12/nigeria-joins-ranks-of-african.html ) and thought it would be good to share it with you. Please remember to ask your readers to comment on this.

Nigeria Joins the Ranks of African Countries With Latest Security Vehicles.

Nigeria recently joined the rank of countries with latest security vehicles for combating crime. Once again the commercial city of Lagos put Nigeria in the spotlight as its Governor Akinwumi Ambode in response to the increase in armed robbery incidents purchased and commissioned security vehicles and security apparatus worth 4.765 billion naira in Lagos.

These vehicles consist of; 100 4-Door Salon Cars (Which include Toyota Corollas, Kia Rios and Ford Interceptor cars), 55 Ford Ranger Pick-Ups, 10 Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-Ups, 100 Power Bikes (comprising 15 BMW Motorbikes), Isuzu Trucks, 3 Helicopters and 2 Gun Boats.

Of note is the Toyota corolla 2015 which to some Nigerians is a luxury car because of its futuristic and stylish design. The body design of the car resembles that of a sports car and comes with a 1.8L four-cylinder engine that reaches up to 132 horsepower. Using Valvematic technology, the Corolla can reach 37 mpg on the highway. To an extent the security car which cost about 6 million according to the Carmudi Nigeria website has placed Nigeria amongst countries like USA, Austria, Qatar, Germany, South Africa, and Dubai amongst others who have invested in the use of super and smart cars for security patrol.

Apart from the purchase of the Toyota Corolla 2015, the government also purchased Kia Rio 2015, Ford Fusions 2013 and customized personnel vehicles, Gun boats, power bikes, trucks and helicopters to combat crime in the state.

It is interesting to note that none of the vehicles purchased are actually made in Nigeria even though Kia has a local assembly plant and Ford just unveiled an assembly plant recently in Nigeria. These are just two out of 12 automobile assembly plant supposed to provide locally manufactured cars. If those who approved plans to implement the automotive policy still import brand new cars into Nigeria, how do they expect Nigerians to have faith in the locally manufactured cars?

We could not get a reaction from the Lagos state government on why some of the vehicles were not purchased here even though Nigerian’s have been told the plants is functioning.

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Source: Vivian Chidinma
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