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Grand Opening of Yamaha Showroom and Assembly Plant (Photos)

What built up to a celebration last Friday started as an agreement between Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., Japan and CFAO S.A. to establish a motorcycle manufacturing and sales company in Nigeria.

Photos By ROTIMI ASHER (Motoring World’s Lagos Bureau Chief)

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]amed CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Ltd. (CYMNG), the company officially opened to the public last Friday, but it had actually commenced assembly operation since December 2015, rolling out 1,500 motorcycles already.

On that grand opening Friday (13th May 2016), the new company’s management obviously left nothing to chances.

Motoring World’s camera lens was there, capturing the scene, from entrance to the speech making hall, cutting of tape by the Lagos governor, showroom and factory tour and press conference.

Let’s go there…

Yamaha showroom and assmbly plant opening, security check on vehicles entry the premises on the D-Day 13th May 2016
Yamaha showroom and assembly plant opening : security check on vehicles entrying the premises on the D-Day 13th May 2016 (Copyright: Motoring World Intl.)

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Registration desk for invited guests and journalists

pix 2-Government security agents and police on alert awating the arrival of the Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, who arrived promptly
Government security agents and police on alert awaiting the arrival of the Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode (Copyright: Motoring World Intl.)

Sitting on four chairs by the right, (L-R): President of Yamaha Motor Corporation, Japan, Mr. Hiroyuki yanagi; Chairman of the management board, CFAO Group, Paris, France, Mr. Richard Bielle, Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode and Chairman, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, all preparing to deliver their speeches in turn
Sitting on four chairs by the right, (L-R): President of Yamaha Motor Corporation, Japan, Mr. Hiroyuki yanagi; Chairman of the management board, CFAO Group, Paris, France, Mr. Richard Bielle, Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode and Chairman, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, all preparing to deliver their speeches in turn(Copyright: Motoring World Intl.)

Chairman, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode(Right) having a chat with , Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode(Left)
Chairman, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode(Right) having a chat with , Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode(Left) – (Copyright: Motoring World Intl.)

Managing Director, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Olivier Levigne, delivering a welcome address
Managing Director, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Olivier Levigne, delivering a welcome address…

Chairman, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, delivering an address
Chairman, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode

President of Yamaha Motor Corporation, Japan, Mr. Hiroyuki Yanagi, : More Japanese investors are coming
President of Yamaha Motor Corporation, Japan, Mr. Hiroyuki Yanagi, : More Japanese investors are coming

Charges d’Affairs and interim of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Masaya Otsuka, : More Japanese investors are coming
Charges d’Affairs and interim of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Masaya Otsuka, : More Japanese investors are coming

CUTTING OF TAPE - LEAD

: Lagos governor, Akinwumi Ambode (Right) accompanied by Chairman Yamaha Motor Corporation, Japan, Hiroyugi Yanagi (Middle) and MD, CFAO Yamaha Nigeria Limited, Olivier Levigne during tour of the company’s showroom and plant on 13th May 2016
Lagos governor, Akinwumi Ambode (Right) accompanied by Chairman Yamaha Motor Corporation, Japan, Hiroyugi Yanagi (Middle) and MD, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Olivier Levigne(Left) during tour of the company’s showroom and plant on 13th May 2016

Lagos Yamaha Assembly plant opened on Friday 13th May 2016
Lagos Yamaha Assembly plant opened on Friday 13th May 2016

Yamaha Motorcycles assembled from the Lagos-based Yamaha Assembly plant inaugurated on Friday 13th May 2016
Yamaha Motorcycles assembled from the Lagos-based Yamaha Assembly plant inaugurated on Friday 13th May 2016

Officials and guests on tour of Yamaha Nigeria showroom and assembly plant on 13th May 1026
Officials and guests on tour of Yamaha Nigeria showroom and assembly plant on 13th May 1026

(L-R) Deputy Managing Director, CFAO Yamaha Nigeria Limited, Mr. Fujii Hisashi, Managing Director, Mr. Olivier Levigne, Chairman, Management Board, CFAO Group, Paris, France, Mr. Richard Bielle President, YAMAHA Motor Corporation, Mr. Masaya Otsuka; Group Managing Director & country Manager, CFAO Nigeria, Mr. Steve Faderin and Chairman, CFAO YAMAHA Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode during a press briefing that followed the opening of the Yamaha Assembly plant and showroom on May 13th 2016
(L-R) Deputy Managing Director, CFAO Yamaha Nigeria Limited, Mr. Fujii Hisashi, Managing Director, Mr. Olivier Levigne, Chairman, Management Board, CFAO Group, Paris, France, Mr. Richard Bielle President, YAMAHA Motor Corporation, Mr. Masaya Otsuka; Group Managing Director & country Manager, CFAO Nigeria, Mr. Steve Faderin and Chairman, CFAO YAMAHA Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode during a press briefing that followed the opening of the Yamaha Assembly plant and showroom on May 13th 2016 – (Copyright: Motoring World Intl.)

 

 

 

 

Cross section of journalists during a press briefing that followed the opening of the Yamaha Assembly plant and showroom on May 13th 2016
Cross section of journalists during a press briefing that followed the opening of the Yamaha Assembly plant and showroom on May 13th 2016 – (Copyright: Motoring World Intl.)

 

 

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