BY Favour Nnabugwu
Abuja—Proforce, an indigenous armoured car maker in Nigeria, currently produces 25 of such vehicles monthly, targeting an annual production of 480.
Managing Director of Proforce, Mr. Ade Ogundeyin, yesterday disclosed at the meeting of Nigerian Automotive Manufacturers Association, NAMA, in Abuja, that the demand for armoured vehicles had increased from five to 25 monthly and 300 in a year, adding that the company’s plant was built to produce no less than 40 armoured vehicles every month and 480 every year.
He said ministers, governors, commissioners, para-military agencies and wealthy Nigerians patronise the company because of the quality of its armoured cars as well as competitiveness of its prices.
He said: “If you visit our plant, you will appreciate what we have on ground for the manufacturing of armoured vehicles in Nigeria.
“The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, has been there; governors have been there and so many eminent people and they realised that the quality of our products vis-à-vis the quality of vehicles from Dubai and from the US are far better.
”There is no need for government or anybody to import bulletproof or armoured vehicles. It is a waste of resources.
“The number of armoured vehicles we produced per month now has increased from 5 to 25 per month. Our plant is built to produce 40 armoured vehicles per month and we will achieve that target. We re starting up in Port Harcourt and Abuja to produce more armoured vehicles.”