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New Holland Construction handed over 75 heavy line machines for road building at a public ceremony held in May 2010 in Minna, Niger State, in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
At the ceremony, Dr Mu'azh Babangida Aliyu, Governor of Niger State, delivered the equipment to the local government council representatives in the presence of Senator Mohammed Sanusi Daggash, Federal Minister of Works, State and Federal authorities, Mr Roberto Colaminè, Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Giuseppe Santo, New Holland's Business Director for the African markets, and Mr Lorenzo Santangelo, who provided New Holland with local support for this project.
Ready to carry out the programme
The project for the acquisition of the New Holland equipment, financed by Unity Bank, is part of a statewide infrastructural development plan to support economic growth in rural areas. The fleet of New Holland equipment, which included W190B wheel loaders, D255 crawler dozers and F200 graders, was supplied by Zanasasi Limited, who was the general contractor awarded for this project. The machines will be distributed among the 25 local government councils to provide them with the necessary equipment to carry out the Niger State road building programme; it is aimed at linking rural areas to urban centers, where the markets and product distribution hubs are located. After sales activities will be carried out through Scoa Trac, New Holland Construction's distributor in Nigeria.
"This initiative results from the Company's business strategy to support large-scale development projects in Africa, relying on New Holland Construction's full line product offering together with the know-how, resources and technology of our global organization and the local after sales assistance we can offer to our customers and partners. We are very proud to be part of such an important project by providing a fleet of state-of-the-art road building equipment destined to contribute to the modernization of the country and to improve the quality of life of the rural population of Niger State," commented Giuseppe Santo.
The event marked an important milestone in the economic development plan of Niger State, the biggest state in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with a population of over four million and an annual per capita income estimated at around US$1,500. The handover ceremony, celebrated in the presence of 1,500 attendees, was televised live on national television and relayed via satellite to channels in several African states.