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Cedric Masters Group committed to Tinubu”s Pi-CNG initiative, says CEO

R-L: Chief Anselm Ilekuba, Chairman/CEO, Cedric Masters Group; Joseph Osanipin DG NADDC; Ngozi llekuba, MD, Cedric Masters Group during the official tour of the Cedric Masters Group ongoing auto assembly facility in Lagos on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

Amselm Ilekuba, Chairman and chief executive of Cedric Masters Group has reiterated the commitment of the group towards achieving the mandate of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards the conversion of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) considered cheaper and cleaner to run.

On the aggressiveness of the federal government drive in promoting CNG and desire to have it assembled locally, Ilekuba stated that, CNG is new in NIgeria, and that Cedric Masters Group is lucky to be among the first promoters of the Pi-CNG initiative of President Tinubu.

He declared that apart from creating huge employment for Nigerians with other positive spin-off effects and other businesses it will generate, he will in collaboration with his technical team transfer the CNG Conversion skill he acquired at the CNG Centre in Texas, Houston to his technical team. This he pointed out is one of the core areas that will generate massive jobs for the people.

The Cedric Masters Group boss made this commitment when he received
Joseph Osanipin, director-general of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) and his team him during a facility tour of the upcoming local automobile assembler located along the Lekki-Ajah Expressway, Lagos.

Joseph Osanipin, the NADDC DG accompanied by Sani Musa, the director of policy and planning and other staff of the agency had on Monday this week embarked on a tour of some auto assembly plants in the Southeest.

Cedric Masters Group is a conglomerate that is also into automobile and component parts. The company manufactures component parts from its facility in the Southeast while for proximity and business expansion purposes, it is setting up its assembly plant in Lagos.

Cedric Autos got the assembly license with a clear mandate from the NADDC to start rolling out locally assembled vehicles from the plant within 18 months. Anselm Ilekuba expressed delight over the visit by the auto assembly regulatory government agency, adding that the physical construction of the plant, the cable laying are in progress.

According to him, “I am happy that, they have come today to see how far we have gone with the physical construction, the cable laying, the equipment and every other facility have started coming. What we are waiting for now is the installation of all these equipment by our foreign partners”.

The full set of state-of-the-art automobile assembly equipment to be installed are automatic assembly line, post floor plate car lift with Solemoid unlock, scissor lift, four post flour plate car lift for 4-wheel alignment, semi automatic tyre changer, wheel balancer, air conditioning handling system and screw air compressor complete set-split type.

Others are movable manual hydraulic jack, foldable shop crane, transmission jack, hand hydraulic table truck, mobile pneumatic oil filling machine, paint spray booth, rear axle distribution rack, cargo lift, component of rain test (water nozzle and booster pump) and forklift.

Meanwhile, Cedric Masters have started its staff recruitment and training processes in the past months with payment in preparation for preparation for an official roll-out of the brand to Nigerians very soon.


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