The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Innoson Group of Companies, Chief Innocent Chukwuma has commended the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his administration’s efforts in ensuring a favourable investment climate for commercial activities to thrive within the state.
Represented by Mr. Alfred Nwosu, a Director of Board of Innoson Group, the Chairman disclosed, “The flag-off is indeed auspicious as it is the realization of our company’s vision to among other things contribute to the financial empowerment of our people while transforming the city transportation system of our beloved Enugu”.
“The Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd.’s novel city transportation service christened IVM Cruise service is a unique technology-driven ride hailing service which offers our pilots a good chance of becoming dignified transporters and owners of brand new Innoson Connect Vehicles after an initial period of three years,” Nwosu explained.
Launching the service, the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi noted, “the IVM Cruise is reminiscent of global brands such as Uber Technologies, Inc. and Lyft inc., and will go a long way to improve transportation in the state, create jobs for the teeming youths, reduce poverty and offer opportunity for startups in transportation business as the beneficiaries could become owners of the vehicles after initial three years”.
“This administration will provide training for the drivers engaged in the IVM Cruise service and the State Ministry of Transport recruit more staff for State Traffic Management Authority,” the Governor disclosed.
Ugwuanyi further promised that the state government will not rest its oars in ensuring a favourable operating environment, security and enabling physical infrastructure for the transport service to thrive in the state.
“City transportation has been a major plank of our administration hence we recently undertook measures to optimize service delivery in the sector such as the employment of Traffic Officers in the State Ministry of Transport for enhanced traffic management in the city and approval for recruitment of additional Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO).
“Other measures employed include the procurement of additional two new vehicle Tow Trucks for managing road obstruction and other rescue operations in the state, purchase of operational Motor Bikes for the Ministry and continuous provision of communication gadgets, uniforms and kits for the operations of the Traffic Officers in the state”
“I proudly reckon that the event of today is a watershed in city transportation in Enugu State and I seize this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Chief (Dr.) Innocent Chukwuma, OFR, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Innoson Group of Companies, to the 21st Century industrial revolution in Nigeria”, Gov. Ugwuanyi said.
Present at the event are: Augustine Nnamani, State Chairman Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); HRH Igwe Amb Lawrence Agubuzu, Chairman Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers; Prof. Malachy Okwueze, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor.
Others include members of the State Executive Council (EXCO), Special Advisers to the Governor, the Council Chairmen led by the State Chairman of ALGON, Solomon Onah, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Ogbons Idike, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Local Government Service Commission, Chief Charles Mbah, among others.
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