After calls from Nigerians on different social media platforms to the federal government to fund local car manufacturers and order them to make ventilators to help fight coronavirus in Nigeria, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, has come out to say the federal government has opened discussions with Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing Company and other key indigenous vehicle manufacturing companies with a view to producing ventilators in the country.
Adebayo while speaking to the press during a press briefing on the #COVIDー19 pandemic and its implications for the manufacturing sector in Abuja, said the government received a proposal from Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company to produce ventilators and similar proposals had been submitted by other indigenous auto manufacturers and that the various proposals are being considered.
In his speech, he said that;
“We are also engaging our indigenous car manufacturers at this time to prepare them to tweak their operations to begin the manufacture of ‘Made in Nigeria’ ventilators – critical medical equipment in the fight against the virus,”
The ministry had last month set up a committee on the sustainable production and delivery of essential commodities during the #COVIDー19 pandemic, amongst others.
Adebayo said the ministry had been collaborating with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN); the Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA); Nigerian Traders Association (NANTS); and other relevant stakeholders to guarantee unhindered production of essential items like food, medical and pharmaceutical products.