Toyota Nigeria Limited has named First Bank of Nigeria Limited, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and Access Bank Plc as winners of its customers of the year award.
The companies are among those that the TNL rewarded last Thursday in Lagos for their high purchases and support of the Toyota models, a situation that has helped the firm to remain a leading automobile brand in Nigeria.
First Bank of Nigeria emerged the Evergreen Customer of the Year, in addition to winning the second runner-up prize for the customer of the year award. The evergreen award is the ultimate prize for the customer that has consistently patronised the Toyota products over the years.
The CCECC and Access Bank named the winner and first runner up, respectively in the customers of the year category were handsomely rewarded by the TNL at the glamorous event.
Mike Ochonma ofý BUSINESSDAY, Theodore Opara of Vanguard and Rasheed Bisiriyu of The Punch are winners in the journalists’ award category.
The Chairman, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo, thanked all the customers for their continued patronage and stressed the company remained indebted to them for the success of the brand in the country.
He said, “I want to thank you for your resilience. I thank you because you provide us food. You have been our loyal customers; you’ve not disappoint us. And we shall continue to serve you better.”
He said the Toyota brand remained number one automobile in Nigeria because of its quality, which the customers continued patronage had attested to, adding that the TNL owed it a duty to continue to satisfy them.
Even as Ade.Ojo hinted about his retirement at 80 in June this year, he said, “I do not have any fear; our customers will not suffer. Kunle (the current managing director of the company) is there for you when Daddy retires. It’s not that I’m saying bye-bye for now. But I’m warning you that things are changing. I might not be able to continue to do this (functioning as the company’s chairman) for long.”
The Managing Director, TNL, Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, in his welcome address at the event, said, “It has become a tradition for us at Toyota (Nigeria) Limited to celebrate our customers and our key stakeholders on annual basis. This is just a modest way of showing our appreciation to them for the tremendous support we have enjoyed, and still enjoying from them. The loyalty of our customers through thick and thin is an eloquent testimony of their love for the Toyota brand and of course for us as a company.
“At Toyota (Nigeria) Limited, we cherish our relationship with our customers. This relationship has stood the test of time and has endured over the years. Our customers have demonstrated on several occasions that they are not only ardent lovers and patrons of the Toyota brand but passionate advocates as well. The least we could do therefore is to set aside a day like this to celebrate them and showcase our token of appreciation.”
The TNL MD also commended the efforts of the company’s directors and workers for their contributions to the success and survival of the firm “in the face of unprecedented harsh operating environment.”