Dangote Group has entered into a long-term agreement with an Enugu-based automaker, Transit Support Services Limited, for the delivery of Shacman trucks assembled at the Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company Limited plant in Emene, Enugu.
According to the director of Transit Support Services, Mr. Frank Nneji, the group has already purchased 3,500 trucks from the automaker worth N63bn.
Nneji, who spoke to journalists on Saturday after a facility tour of the truck assembly line at the ANAMMCO plant, said the inventory amounted to more than 90 percent of all Shackman trucks assembled at the plant since the factory revival long period of abandonment.
“About 90 percent of the trucks produced here are for Dangote. We currently have around 300 units. We have done 800 units since last year. Dangote Group has purchased approximately 3,500 units from us since its establishment. It also patronizes the Shackman trucks for its refinery currently being built in Lagos, “he said.
He said the project had also been working on the Onne harbor, which was dormant for many years.
According to him, the port is used for the delivery of vehicle parts delivered to the ANAMMCO factory by its partner from China, Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Import & Export Company.
Nneji, who is also the MD of ABC Transport Plc, franchise holder of Shacman Nigeria, said the Dangote / Shacman truck deal had greatly helped the people in the area by creating jobs and educating young school leavers.
He said: “This has been of great benefit to the people in the southeast. This place was closed for more than seven years.
“There was no activity until Shackman came and we had an agreement with the Shacman Group and we started skeletal.”
He added: “We could only start with the full production of trucks when we offered the Dangote Group logistics solutions. That was in 2016 when we started the first agreement for 500 trucks.
“With this, many ANAMMCO employees who had been at home had to go back to work; some local suppliers of lubricants, electrolyte and the rest had to get back to work. “
Nneji noted that the resuscitation of the ANAMMCO plant was made possible by the introduction of car policies that encouraged local car production
The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, Mr. Sunday Esan, said that Dangote was satisfied with the quality of Shacman trucks and was assured of continued patronage.