By Samuel Oloyede Oriowo
When the Management of Ammasco International Limited signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding with the National Executive Council of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association on Tuesday 28th day of May 2019 to partner in branding Ammasco Engine Oil for NATA members nobody envisaged the variety of impressive ‘goodies’ that were in stock for members of the association; and which is now being released to them nationwide.
The ravaging effects of Coronavirus Pandemic on Nigerians in the year 2020, gingered the Kano-based engine oil blending giant to open its wallets to give out palliatives worth about N25 million to members of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) across the country.
It promised more. And more are being delivered to members of the trade association nationwide now in form of automotive tool acquisition.
During NATA’s National Executive Council Meeting on 16th September 2020 Ammasco International Limited in fulfilling its obligations to the association gave out 114 Ammasco-NATA branded automotive toolboxes to all members of NEC.
It followed the gesture up by giving out 100 of the same branded toolboxes to members of the association in Kano State, the company’s home base.
Having been handicapped, however, with the outbreak of Coronavirus in 2020 the Management of Ammasco International Limited could not continue with the distribution of the tools. But on Saturday 4th of September, 2021 the company kicked off a Promo Draw that it tagged Ammasco-NATA Tool Empowerment Scheme to reward members of the association that patronize Ammasco Oil brands, nationwide.
During the launch of the Promo Draw in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital for NATA Kwara State Chapter, Ammasco International Limited rewarded 70 members with brand new automotive tool boxes worth millions of Naira.
Meanwhile, in flagging-off the Promo Draw, Comrade (Alhaji) Magaji Muhammad Sani, the NATA National President praised the efforts of the Management of Ammasco International Limited, producers of Ammasco brands of Automotive Engine Oil for sustaining its Quality stance at all times; and more so for empowering NATA members throughout the country.
The first-term President of NATA noted that NATA members are the end-users of Ammasco Oil and that for considering his association members worthy of this great honour of empowerment through automotive products worth millions of Naira was commendable.
He revealed that the Promo Draw would be staged throughout the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as according to him, what was being done was to commence in the North Central State of Kwara and the South-West.
Thereof, the Promo Draw shifted to Abioye Hall in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, Nigeria on Monday 6th September 2021 where Ammasco International Limited’s allocation of 60 Tool Boxes was carted away by lucky winners.
Wednesday 8th September 2021 was the turn of NATA members in both Ekiti and Ondo States and which draw was carried out in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
In that draw, the Ekiti State chapter of NATA was blessed with 19 Automotive Tool Boxes, while Ondo State Chapter had 16 allocations.
Oyo State Chapter of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association had its turn on Friday 10th September 2021 with an allocation of 100 brand new Automotive Tool Boxes.
While commencing the draw for the state-led by Comrade Wemimo Oladokun, the ebullient NATA National President, Comrade (Dr.) Magaji Muhammad Sani commended NATA Oyo State Chapter members for their high commitment in giving Ammasco Oil ‘fullest’ patronage in the state; leading according to him, to one of the highest numbers of Tool Box allocations in the nation-wide draw.
NATA Ogun State Chapter, ably led by Comrade Balogun Adeleke hosted the train of NATA officials and management of Ammasco International Limited on Monday 13th day of September 2021 at the association’s Kobape Mechanics’ Village State Secretariat in Abeokuta to witness the Promo Draw in the state which got an allocation of 41 Automotive Tool Boxes.
The Promo Draw for NATA members in the South-West was rounded off in Lagos State, Nigeria on Wednesday 15th September 2021; where members walked away with 48 Automotive Tool Boxes.
On 1st November 2021, the Management of Ammasco International Limited resumed the nationwide Promo Draw at Jigawa State Library in Dutse, Jigawa State and quickly follow it up on 2nd November 2021 at Muda Lawal Central Motor Park, Bauchi, Bauchi State for NATA members in the states.
The train of Ammasco International Limited’s Management moved on 4th November 2021 to Women Development Center in Gombe, Gombe State in the North-Eastern part of the country; where NATA members in the state benefited from the largesse of Ammasco International Limited through automotive tool box empowerment.
Top 10 Hall, Yola played host to the Management of Ammasco International Limited on 6th November 2021 during which time members of NATA in Adamawa State also benefited from the Ammasco-NATA Tool Box Empowerment Scheme.
On 8th of November, 2021 the National President of NATA, Comrade (Alhaji) Dr. Magaji Muhammad Sani, and the Danmasani of NATA himself, Comrade Musa Othman Yahaya, NATA National General Secretary who were all along in the company of Ammasco International Limited’s top management staff stormed Jalingo, the Taraba State capital for the turn of NATA members in the state to enjoy from the Promo Draw.
It was the turn of NATA members in Yobe State, Nigeria ably led by Comrade Mohammed Suleiman Nagari on 11th November 2021 as several automotive Ammasco-NATA Tool Boxes were distributed to members; during events that also featured the presentation of NATA Award of Excellence to the State Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Yobe State, Alhaji (Dr.) Mustapha Geidam at the event.
At the expansive Multipurpose Hall Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on 13th of November, 2021 Fifteen State Commissioners, Senior Special Assistants (SSAs), and Special Assistants (SAs), as well as the Chief of Staff to the Borno State Government who represented His Excellency, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, the Executive Governor of Borno State, witnessed the distribution of 100 Ammasco-NATA Tool Boxes to members of NATA in the state.
Delta State Mechanics Village in Asaba was the venue for NATA Delta and Edo State Chapters of NATA’s Ammasco-NATA Tools Empowerment Promo Draw on the 27th of November, 2021. Several toolboxes were given to members in the two South-South Zone; before the train of Ammasco International Limited’s Management moved to Palace Hotel in Enugu, Enugu State for the turn of Enugu, Abia, Imo, Anambra, and Ebonyi State Chapters of NATA to have a fair share of the automotive toolboxes.
The Comrade John Ayabie led NATA Cross River State Chapter hosted NATA National President, Comrade (Dr.) Magaji Muhammad Sani, his National General Secretary and the Management staff of Ammasco International Limited on 2nd December 2021 at Eteval Hotel, Calabar during which event, 40 members of the association walked away with 40 automotive tools boxes.
NATA, Bayelsa State Chapter which had an allocation of 10 Automotive Tool Boxes had their turn of the Promo Draw simultaneously on 4th December 2021 during the NATA River State Chapter event in Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
Thursday 15th December 2021 was the turn of members of NATA, Niger State Chapter. The Promo Draw was conducted in Minna, the state capital in the presence of North Central Zonal Officials of NATA as well as the State Chapter Executive Council members.
The Confluence State, Kogi had its turn on Saturday 17th December 2021 during which event in Lokoja, the state capital 50 members of the association went home with branded Ammasco-NATA Tool Boxes.
Agwanga, Nasarawa State was the venue of the Promo Draw on Monday 20th December 2021 for members of NATA in Plateau as well as Nasarawa State Chapters.
Comrade Osho Ogunsakin, the NATA FCT, Abuja Chairman was privileged to host the train of Ammasco International Limited as well as the NATA National President Comrade (Dr.) Magaji Muhammad Sani and his National General Secretary, Comrade Musa Othman Yahaya on Wednesday 22nd December 2021 during which the NATA FCT had their turn of Ammasco-NATA Tool Boxes Empowerment Promo Draw.
A former NATA Bayelsa State Chapter General Secretary, Comrade Abdul-Bari Eyinfunjowo while congratulating the 10 winners that emerged from his state chapter noted that the draw eventually proved him right that the promo was not a farce.
He said: “I remember about one and a half years ago when I, as then State General Secretary of Bayelsa State Chapter of the association went out persuading all members to participate in the Ammasco Empowerment Program. Some thought it was a farce. But I thank God (today), it is a reality.”
Comrade Eyinfunjowo rightly revealed the mindsets of several members of NATA across the country who out of skepticism refused to participate in the Promo, but are now calling for a repeat of the empowerment; which is a win-win for participants.
As the year is drawing to a close, sources at the headquarters of Ammasco International Limited in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria have revealed that members of NATA in Sokoto, Kebbi, Kastina, Kaduna, and Zamfara State Chapters will soon have their turns in sharing from the generosity of the company headed by Alhaji Mustapha Ado Mohammed, The Sun (Newspapers) Industrialist of the Year 2020.
Meanwhile, its commendation galore for the Board of Directors as well as Management of Ammasco International Limited by several stakeholders in the Nigeria Automotive Industry for the unprecedented gestures it is giving to members of one of the largest trade associations in the country.
Taking into consideration, however, the appalling level of insecurity in the country and not minding their safety, the duo of NATA National President, Comrade (Dr.) Magaji Muhammad Sani and his National General Secretary, Comrade Musa Othman Yahaya took the risk to monitor the success of the Promo Draws around the country.
Stakeholders in the Nigeria Automotive Repair Sector have been commending the high-level commitment of the duo and call for massive votes to return the friendly Comrade Magaji Muhammad Sani during the next national general election of the association; to enable him according to them, “complete the good works he had started, as first-term President.”