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Lagos Government orders 100 additional trucks as Akpabio commissions Dangote’s new CKD Plant

L-R: Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Olamilekan Adeola; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; President/CE of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL); Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations, DIL, Fatima Aliko Dangote; Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Cutting the Tape; Deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin, During the visit of National Assembly Leadership to Commission the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Plant of Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Limited, Ikeja, Lagos Photo: Dangote Group

*Senate President Godswill Akpabio at the event avers ‘Dangote is Africa’s export to the world’, as State Governors, Senators hail Dangote for establishing impactful Completely Knocked Down (CKD) facility

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The leadership of the Nigerian Senate, in the National Assembly (NASS), at the weekend, unveiled the multi-million Dollar world-class Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Limited CKD Plant, in Lagos.

ConsumerConnect reports Alhaji Aliko Dangote, a business mogul and President/Chief Executive (CE) of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), established the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Plant located in Ikeja, Lagos.

The leadership of the Senate, at the commissioning of the facility, urged other eminent Nigerians to emulate Dangote by using their wealth to benefit the country.

The Group noted excited Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on the occasion equally, announced his administration’s plan for the acquisition of 100 additional compactor trucks from the indigenous automobile manufacturer to enhance service delivery within the state metropolis.

Sanwo-Olu made the announcement Sunday, June 9, 2024, when Senate President Godswill Akpabio commissioned the CKD Plant, in Lagos.

The Lagos State Governor emphasised that the products of Dangote Sinotruk are of world-standard, crafted with precision to meet customer satisfaction.

Dangote, who conducted the leadership of the Upper Legislative Chamber and Executive Management of the company round the premises of the Dangote facility, stated that the decision to invest in the truck assembly plant is part of his strategies to add value and reduce imports in Nigerian economy.

In his welcome address, Dangote explained that the plant would fabricate diverse types of trailers and tipper bodies.

The goal is to achieve domestic self-sufficiency and serving the West African regional market, stated the President/CE of DIL.

Dangote also said: “We are playing a strategic and key role in developing the heavy-duty truck assembling and manufacturing industry in Nigeria.

“We are providing employment opportunities for Nigerians as well as improving the local automobile industry.”

He further stated: “We will continue to invest in the plant and achieve technological advancement for Nigeria. “We will continue to promote Nigeria’s economic development.”

Appreciating the support of strategic stakeholders, including the National Assembly, Dangote said Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Limited would write the next chapter in Nigeria’s industrialisation story as well as drive progress across West Africa for a brighter and more prosperous future.

Dangote’s is a brand all Africans are proud of, says Sanwo-Olu

Earlier in his address at the event, Governor Sanwo-Olu had noted that Lagos State acquired 102 compactor trucks for its Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in 2022.

He hailed Dangote for the remarkable transformation of the facility from a dormant textile mill into a thriving vehicle assembly plant.

“Honestly, this is about partnership. It is about a sense of purpose and the fact that as a people, we need to develop our economy and our environment better than we met it.

“Dangote Industries Limited is a testament to a good local business that has become a global name,” the governor stated.

He also said: “It can compete with other brands globally. It is a brand that all Africans can be proud of.

“They have kept the vision of this place by ensuring that industry is created, people are employed, and young people are trained.”

Sanwo-Olu stressed that the state is open to business as the commercial hub of Nigeria, commending the Dangote Group for embracing CNG-powered vehicles.

The Lagos Governor equally observed that it is cost-effective and promotes cleaner energy.

Dangote is Africa’s export to the world ─Senate President

During the plant’s commissioning, Senate President Akpabio, commended the proprietors, stressing that ‘Dangote is Africa’s export to the world’.

Akpabio stated that the facility, which creates over 3,000 jobs across Nigeria, aligns with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.

Reiterating the Senate leadership’s happiness with the facility, Akpabio assured of the Federal Government’s support to Dangote’s drive to ensure Nigeria attains self-sufficiency in key sectors of the economy.

Calling on other investors to learn from Dangote, he challenged other states to provide business-friendly environments for investors.

Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Limited, a joint venture company with a total investment of $100 million, boasts cutting-edge facilities and machinery, enabling it to achieve a production capacity of 15-16 trucks per shift, or approximately 10,000 trucks annually.

However, Hikmat Thapa, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the facility, said the capacity would be scaled up to 13,000 trucks annually with the commissioning of the new CKD plant.

Thapa also affirmed the majority of the fabrication and assembly lines are being handled by trained Nigerian workers

He stated that the vision of the plant is to assemble and produce a full range of commercial vehicles tailored to the specific needs of the market.

The CEO of CKD Plant also said: “From heavy-duty trucks to medium trucks, light trucks, and semi-trailers, our aim is to meet the growing demand for reliable transportation across various sectors, including logistics, construction, and food and beverage industries.”

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