A billionaire from Africa plans to purchase 10,000 Indonesian-made light pickup trucks, called the rural multipurpose mechanical tool (AMMDes), to be marketed in Nigeria.
The Industry Ministry’s director of maritime industry, transportation equipment and defense equipment, Putu Juli Ardika, said the vehicles would be purchased by Aliko Dangote through his company Dangote Group.
“Dangote Group is very interested in importing [the trucks] for its customers in Africa,” Putu said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.
Putu stated that Dangote was interested in the multipurpose vehicle for to its ability to carry water and cassava and seed processors.
“Dangote’s team will check three units as a sample to be brought to Africa at the end of January,” Putu said.
The trucks are set to be exported over five years, with 1,000 units to be exported this year and next year.
Dangote Group is a Nigerian-based enterprise that operates in fields such as cement, sugar and flour production. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries such as Benin, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana, South Africa and Zambia. With a net worth of US$4.3 billion, Dangote is Africa’s richest man and one of the word’s 100 richest men according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. (dpk)