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Nteje monarch urges FG to mobilise Innoson to produce ventilators



TRADITIONAL ruler of Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, Rowland Odegbo, has charged federal government to quickly mobilise Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Company Limited, an indigenous motor manufacturing firm to start mass production of ventilators and other testing kits to tackle the deadly coronavirus pandemic headlong.

  Speaking to newsmen in his palace at Nteje, Igwe Odegbo noted that the chunk of donations made to the federal government by individuals and corporate bodies should be devoted to the provision of ventilators and other test kits so that a large number of Nigerians would be tested and their status ascertained.

  According to the monarch, “COVID-19 and its attendant lockdown will eventually teach Nigerian leaders how to stop playing politics with our lives and our economy and then embrace the reality on ground. A situation where Nigeria’s money is in the hands of the few will take researchers some time to find coronavirus vaccines”.

  “COVID-19 will also teach us how to stay in Nigeria and build our country to an enviable standard than to travel all over the developed nations without paying much attention to the development of our own nation”.

  “Our security agents at the borders must come clean and help, if not those who have contracted virus will keep spreading it. We should look inwards. We need good laboratories, medical facilities and ventilators which I am confident that our Innoson can mass produce.

  “Federal government should not discriminate against Ndigbo or any other section of the country in the distribution of palliatives. This is the time the downtrodden should be assisted to survive the lockdown and hunger. We have poor people here in Nteje, Awkuzu but we have not benefited from the ongoing federal palliatives”, said Odegbo.

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