Nigeria's second motor plant -- for the assembly of Volkswagen care-- was officially commissioned by Head of State General Yakubu on Friday (21 March).
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SCU Gowon being greeted by officials
GV PAN People at ceremony inside factory
SV Gowon declares assembly plant open by pushing button
SV First Volkswagen rolls down platform and Gowon watching (2 shots)
SV Sign "First Volkswagen assembled in Nigeria" PAN TO official talking to Gowon
GV Guests seated
SV Gowon speaking to worker PAN TO assembly line
GV PAN Workers on assembly line
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Background: Nigeria's second motor plant -- for the assembly of Volkswagen care-- was officially commissioned by Head of State General Yakubu on Friday (21 March).
The 11.5-million naira (7.4-million pounds sterling), plant near the capital, Lagos, is a joint venture between the Federal Government, the Lagos State Government and West German interests. Initial production has been set at 60 cars a day.
Speaking at the ceremony, General Gowon praised West Germany's previous financial aid to Nigeria and said the car project was a "manifestation of the good relations and understanding between the two countries." He urged Nigerians to develop a pride in Nigerian-made products so that local market potentials could be developed to the full.
The country's first vehicle plant -- for the assembly of Peugeot 404's -- was commissioned by General Gowon in the northern town of Kaduna on 14 March. This, too, was joint venture with the parent European company. It cost 8.5 million naira (5.4 million pounds sterling) to set up.