ANAMMCO, a vehicle manufacturing company, says it has recorded high business patronage at the on-going 33rd Enugu International Trade Fair holding in Enugu.
ANAMMCO was conceived by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Second National Development Plan (1970-1975).
The company was incorporated on Jan. 17, 1977, and its factory inaugurated on July 8, 1980 by the first executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
Commercial production of trucks began in January 1981.
The incorporation of ANAMMCO was the fulfilment a joint venture agreement between Nigeria and Daimler AG of Germany, which became the pioneer technical partner and co-shareholder.
Daimler fully divested its shareholding, while Nigeria retained significant shareholding.
Controlling equity is currently held by GUO and Sons Ltd., a holding company, established by Chief G.U. Okeke, after Anambra which took it over divested from it.
ANAMMCO’s Executive Director, Corporate Services, Mr Uche Okeke, said patronage received so far by the company was “awesome and superb’’.
According to him, visitors are happy with the company’s “Dongfeng’’ trucks, and it has been receiving goodwill messages from numerous customers.
“Some have made deposits and others promised to patronise us. The patronage is enormous and we are hopeful it will be a good outing for ANAMMCO.
“We guarantee customers about our products and pledge to offer after-sales support,’’ Okeke said.
He added that the fair had provided visitors the opportunity to learn more about the company’s products, stressing that “people now see the products, inspect them and they are happy with the brands.’’
He lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for providing the enabling environment for the business to thrive as well as his administration’s support and patronage.
“Enugu State government’s support has helped the company in its drive to expand its market beyond the state.
“We will continue to support the state government and the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture in events like this,’’ he said.
Okeke urged captains of industry and heads of government to always patronise made-in Nigeria products.
In his remarks, ANAMMCO’s Head of Sales, Olalekan Sanyaolu, said “Dongfeng’’ trucks were assembled for haulage; have very low emission and are cost-efficient.
He urged governments to support automobile companies in Nigeria, saying they needed to act fast to save the industry from collapsing.