Explanation Behind Abia State Government’s Purchase of Foreign Military Vehicles

Explanation Behind Abia State Government’s Purchase of Foreign Military Vehicles

The Abia State Government has offered an explanation for its decision to procure a fleet of military vehicles from overseas sources to support the state’s security personnel.

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This move was made to address the pressing security concerns and enable swift operations by the security forces within the state.

Governor’s Initiative: Operation Crush

Governor Alex Otti initiated “Operation Crush,” a joint task force involving various security agencies such as the police, army, and navy.

To equip this force, the governor unveiled 20 Hilux patrol vans, generously provided by the administration, for the use of security agencies within the state.

Criticism and Indigenous Options

Critics have raised concerns over the decision, questioning why the state did not consider indigenous companies like Innoson Motors and Nord for the vehicle procurement.

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Many Nigerians expressed disappointment that local manufacturers were seemingly disregarded in favor of foreign suppliers.

Explanation from the Deputy Chief of Staff

The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Abia Governor, Nedu Ekeke, took to Twitter to address the criticisms.

He acknowledged the comments on social media and emphasized that the administration valued feedback, particularly from citizens who expressed their support for both the country and the Alex Otti administration.

Support for Local Goods

Ekeke highlighted the administration’s commitment to supporting locally made products.

He revealed that the administration had previously placed orders for over 50 cars from the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company upon taking office.

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However, he noted that these orders had not yet been fulfilled, indicating that there was a demand for locally manufactured vehicles.

Constraints and Immediate Needs

Ekeke revealed that the decision to purchase foreign military vehicles was driven by the urgent requirements of the military service commanders in Abia for the commencement of the special “Operation Crush.”

Unfortunately, Innoson did not have the required vehicles readily available in stock at that time.

Balancing Security Priorities and Local Patronage

Ekeke emphasized that the government’s primary concern was ensuring the safety of the people and their property within the state.

Given the time-sensitive nature of the security operation, the government needed to act promptly.

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The procurement decision was influenced by the immediate availability of suitable vehicles, even though it was not sourced from local manufacturers.

Open to Future Collaborations

Despite the current situation, Ekeke assured the public that the government remains open to future transactions with Innoson or other local brands.

The government values honest feedback and pledges to listen and respond to the concerns of the public.

Even in cases of disagreement, the administration is committed to maintaining a responsive approach.

In conclusion, the Abia State Government’s decision to purchase foreign military vehicles was a result of the urgent security needs of the state and the unavailability of suitable locally made options at that time.

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The government remains committed to supporting local industries while ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens.

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