He further explain how the metallic paints used in spraying the Kantanka automobiles are produced in the “Chemical room” and the strategies employed to ensure they give extra protective coating as well as eye catching finishing touches to the automobiles.
A video documentary aired on the same programme, “Good Evening Ghana” hosted by Paul Adom Otchere, revealed the industriousness about the manufacturing site of the company. Various computerised network of machines, some submerged and others on the surface of the site, were seen actively working.
The staff of the company were also seen to be composed, focussed and working passionately. Kwadwo Safo Jnr, the COO and one of Ghana’s best pilots, said the company is in conformity with international and local standards.
In responding to the question on their ability to manufacture vehicles to suit government agencies, he said the Kantanka SUVs and Pickups are “all round” and could be used by any class of people. He added that the Kantanka Automobiles could also be customised to suit the preference of any individual, government agency, private company, NGO etc. He reiterated the fuel economy efficiencies of the engines and assured that the vehicles would be affordable.
On the issue of job creation, the COO said the company has already employed 250 energetic people and intends to increase the numbers when they assume production to full capacity.
The Kantanka Automobile company would begin with the production of 80 to 200 cars a month but would increase the rate in response to the market.
The COO also announced their plans to commercialised the Kantanka saloon cars and venture into the production of buses in the nearest future.
He also shared with the public the intentions of the Kantanka Group of Companies to commercialise their agricultural machineries such as tractors, combined harvesters, etc in the next 5-10 years. They also have plans to commercialise all their products over a period of time in a stepwise fashion [ click here for more information].
From these revelations, it is clear that if Kantanka gets the needed support from government, Ghana could become the manufacturing hub of Africa (as rightly stated by industry experts).
Regarding their reason for choosing the brand name KANTANKA, he said it depicts the African roots of the vehicles and their products.
As known from history, various car manufacturers such as Henry Ford, Carl Benz etc labelled their vehicles “Ford” and “Benz” respectively.
Kiichiro Toyoda, founder of Toyota Motor Company, did a similar thing. He only changed the letter “d” in his name to “t” because in the Japanese culture 8 is seen as a lucky number. In spelling the name in Japanese, “Toyoda” uses ten Japanese strokes to write while “Toyota” uses only eight.
In the same light Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka has chosen to refer to his brand as KANTANKA. He is a man who upholds the African culture and has great respect for the African heritage. Kwadwo Safo Jnr vehemently dismissed the pro-western suggestion to use an “English Name” instead of KANTANKA.
“We put the name KANTANKA because we are coming from Ghana. When anybody hears this name, they would know it is from Africa, then know it is from Ghana. That is the whole idea. I was in India some 2 to 3 years ago. From the Airport all the way to my hotel, the guy who was driving told me [that] I would not find any foreign car [on the path we were driving]. We drove about an hour before we got to the hotel. All the cars I kept seeing were made in India cars. They have been able to accept their brand. We must also accept our Ghanaian brand” he noted.
As the interview progressed, Kwadwo Safo Jnr was also questioned about their decision to enter into the automobile market with SUVs instead of Saloon cars. He responded that it was a strategic decision taken after an extensive research into the automobile market and reiterated that the commercialisation of their saloon cars would follow suit.
He also spoke about the new project underway by the Apostle Safo Technology Centre to provide competency based training to Ghanaians on how to manufacture automobiles, electronic gadgets, farm machineries, airplanes etc.
He concluded by calling on the government to intervene and support KANTANKA.
The insightful information from both the interview and the video documentary drew comments from the general public who joined the programme. Below are few of them:
” I have been an admirer of Kantanka” – Adamu
“I don’t know what to say. This is looking out extensively into prospects. Such [are] big dreams by all standards. This is the Star of Africa indeed” – Frederick
“I pray that there would be no importation of vehicles into Ghana. Bravo Kantanka” – Emekow
” I wish the young man and his dad all the best. This was how the Chinese or Asian Tigers started. They were called all sorts of names by the west. But now [no more]. He who laughs last has the best laugh” – Gyan
“I thank Nana Safo Kantanka Ababio for helping Africans see that we have something within us.” – no name provided.
“Kantanka is really doing a good thing. Such are the news that Ghanaians want to hear. Bravo Kantanka” – no name provided.
“God bless all these ideas behind these wonderful cars. I foresee there is hope for this country” – Abraham
“Happy birthday to Nana Safo Kantanka. May he live long to take Africa to the promised land” – no name provided.
“Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo is a man who definitely has a vision and who definitely has something to offer” the inspired host of the programme, Paul Adom Otchere, remarked.