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I want to produce a car that is 100 per cent Nigerian — Adesina, Unique Group Chairman

I want to produce a car that is 100 per cent Nigerian — Adesina, Unique Group Chairman 6
I want to produce a car that is 100 per

Last Updated on July 18, 2021 by MyGh.Online

Prince Adebiyi Adesina is a young and visionary entrepreneur who longs to change the narrative of doing business in Nigeria.

In 2011, Adeshina established Unique Autos with five branches across Nigeria. In this interview, the Chairman of Unique Group speaks on the need for businessmen to go the extra mile to survive. He urges government to create room for business and ideas to thrive. Excerpts:

Can you tell us what Unique Group is all about?

We are a group of companies involved in so many businesses. We are into automobile import, export and also sales, service and maintenance of automobile. We also deal in real estate development, sale of land; we also have other arms of businesses in oil and gas, as well as logistics such as haulage of goods and delivery in any part of the country.

As a businessman and investor, what do you think is not right that government can fix so as to improve the lives of entrepreneurs and business owners in Nigeria?

One of the areas they could look into is foreign exchange rate. I believe it affects businesses negatively. When we want to import, we don’t get foreign exchange. Also, bank policies don’t favour businesses, so government can do more by creating the enabling environment for us because, if you look at bank overseas such as Asia and Europe, you receive money or send money abroad through them directly; you don’t need to go to the BDC to change and send money abroad. Government should look into this because forex has been a standing challenge we are facing in this country. We have to source for forex and you need a lot of Naira to be able to do that, but this can be done without going through a third party.

Senator Dino Melaye threatened to sue Unique Motors after it was alleged that that there was money he owed your company?

We are waiting for Senator Dino Melaye to send his letter as he threatened to do as we are yet to receive any letter from his lawyer. He is indebted to our company. Our records show he is indebted to us on the purchase of five AMG 2011 he purchased in 2018.

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