November 18, 2017

Nigeria to commence production of heavy equipment..

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THE country may commence production of heavy equipment and spare parts before the end of the year, courtesy of a recent approval given to the venture by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Already, the Bauchi State government has ceded the old Steyr manufacturing facility in the state capital to the National Agency for Science and Engineering (NASENI) for the project.

NASENI’s acting Director-General, Dr. Mohammed Haruna, who made the disclosures in an interview with NAN yesterday, however, said the project is awaiting the take-off funding from the Federal Government.

He said the approval given by FEC covers heavy equipment fabrication and spare parts production, “but due to paucity of funds, the take-off of the institution had been hampered”.

“We are glad to announce that the current Governor of Bauchi State has graciously donated to the agency the production facilities, workshops and with additional funding support for the institute.

“By the grace of God, it should take-off in 2012. We have presented this issue before the ministry for onward presentation to the Federal Executive Council.

“The idea of siting it in Bauchi was to support the military in manufacturing of heavy equipment and components, spare parts for their armour and equipment and at the same time, produce equipment and component that will reduce importation.

He said the facility would also facilitate the industrial development of the North-Eastern part of Nigeria in particular and the nation in general.

The Steyr manufacturing facility is located in Bauchi and was used for assembly of motor vehicles, agricultural tractors, trucks, buses and motorcycles.

However, the company had not been functional for a while even as the then Chairman, Bello Kirfi said about N500 million uses required for the upgrading of the motor assembly plant.

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