This statement was made on Saturday in Enugu, at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Eastern Vehicle Assembling Limited (EVAL) and also opening of EVAL vehicles.
Mrs Juliet Ibekaku, the president Senior Special Adviser on Legal and Electoral Matters, represented the Buhari promise to creates the enabling location which will encourage and protect locally assembled vehicles.
President Buhari stated that: “We are already fine tuning our procurement policy to support preferential purchase of local vehicles. We are optimistic that in no distant time the support we are giving the automotive sector will generate more jobs and career employment for our young and teeming youths as well as drive the economy.”
Buhari explained that his aim of recent ban on importation of vehicles through land borders is to encourage patronize locally assembled like EVAL and others in the Country.
While Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, made it known that the plans to establish the company in Enugu State was to drive investments to the country.
The Governor of Abia State , Okezie Ikpeazu certain that his government would make its vehicles in the state to be officials cars in order to ensure sustainability of EVAL .
He said: “We have placed emphasis on locally-made goods. We promise to make EVAL vehicles our official cars once the project takes off in Abia State.”
However, Mr. Joseph Okechukwu, the Managing Director of Eastern Vehicle Assembling Limited explained that the plan of EVAL was to respond to open up of investment and woo foreign investor of the Federal Government and other south east states.
Mr. Afeez Bakare, the Executive Director of Keystone Bank made it known that his bank has partnered with EVAL to assist the country in providing employment for youth.