Dangote's Trucks Assembly Plant secures additional order from Lagos Govt, Senators praise entrepreneurial efforts

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Olamilekan Adeola; Vice President, Oil & Gas, Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin; Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele; President/CE, Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote; Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio; Deputy Senate President, Senator Barau Jibrin; Majority Leader, Senator Patrick Abba Moro; Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations, Dangote Industries Limited, Fatima Aliko Dangote and the Group Executive Director, Logistics and Distributors, Dangote Industries Limited, Abdu Dantata, in a group photograph during the visit of National Assembly leadership to Commission the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Plant of Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Limited, Ikeja

Lagos State government has ordered an additional 100 compactor trucks from Dangote's Trucks Assembly Plant, further solidifying the partnership between the state and the indigenous automobile manufacturer. 

This development comes as the leadership of the Senate recently commissioned the Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Ltd CKD Plant, established by Aliko Dangote, and hailed his efforts in using his wealth to positively impact the nation.

The Senate leadership, led by its leaders, commended Dangote for his entrepreneurial endeavors and encouraged other prominent Nigerians to follow his example in using their resources to benefit the country. 

Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the plan to acquire the additional trucks, which will enhance service delivery within the state's metropolis.This significant order from the Lagos State government underscores the confidence in Dangote's Trucks Assembly Plant and its ability to meet the needs of the state's transportation infrastructure. 

The partnership between the state and the plant is expected to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's waste management and transportation systems.

Sanwo-Olu made the announcement on Sunday, June 9, 2024, during the commissioning of the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Plant of the facility by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio. He emphasised that the products of Dangote Sinotruk are of world-standard, crafted with precision to meet customer satisfaction.

President/CE of the Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, who conducted the leadership of the upper chamber and executive management of the company around the premises of the Dangote facility in Ikeja, Lagos, stated that the decision to invest in the truck assembly plant is part of his strategies to add value and reduce imports. He added that the plant will fabricate diverse types of trailers and tipper bodies with the goal of achieving domestic self-sufficiency and serving the West African regional market.

"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. We will continue to invest in the plant and achieve technological advancement for Nigeria. We will continue to promote Nigeria’s economic development," the renowned entrepreneur stated in his welcome address.

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

Noting that the state acquired 102 compactor trucks for its Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in 2022, Governor Sanwo-Olu hailed Dangote for the remarkable transformation of the facility from a dormant textile mill to 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. 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," he said.

Governor 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, noting that it is cost-effective and promotes cleaner energy. 

During the plant's commissioning, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, commended the proprietors, stressing that ‘Dangote is Africa's export to the world’. He noted that the facility, which creates over 3,000 jobs across Nigeria, aligns with the renewed hope agenda of President Bola 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. Calling on other investors to learn from Dangote, he also 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, the Chief Executive Officer of the facility, Hikmat Thapa, said the capacity will be scaled up to 13,000 trucks annually with the commissioning of the new CKD plant. He also affirmed that the majority of the fabrication and assembly lines are being handled by trained Nigerians. 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. 

“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,” he added.

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