COP26: Nigeria Keying Into Electric, Gas-Powered Vehicle Manufacturing, Says Jelani Aliyu

COP26: Nigeria Keying Into Electric, Gas-Powered Vehicle Manufacturing, Says Jelani Aliyu

  • Nigeria’s automotive industry is advancing towards actualizing the manufacturing of electric and gas-powered vehicles
  • This is due to the initiative by the Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu
  • At a global forum, Aliyu reeled out what his council has been doing in meeting up with its targets and putting Nigeria on the global map

Glasgow - The Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Jelani Aliyu, has asserted that Nigeria’s automotive industry is advancing towards actualizing the manufacturing of electric and gas-powered vehicles, in keeping with the net-zero target by 2060.

Aliyu made the disclosure while addressing delegates at the ongoing COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland where close to 200 countries gathered to discuss and commit to a net-zero world.

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Jelani Aliyu
NADDC boss, Jelani Aliyu, at the COP26 summit in Glasglow, Scotland. Photo credit: NADDC
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According to the NADDC director-general, the recent assembly of electric vehicles by the Hyundai Kona EV and the assembly of AutoGas powered OMAA CNG Minibus by a division of KOJO Motors are all testimonies to the effort the country is making in that direction.

He also stressed that Nigeria could not afford to be left behind as nations around the world advance technologically.

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His words:

“Nigeria has committed to getting to net-zero by 2060, I believe that is sufficient time for us to really develop the necessary alternative solutions for transportation.”

While noting that there are some challenges in the sector, he stressed that the target is very achievable.

He said:

“Yes, we have challenges, but we will not allow ourselves to be defined by those challenges, we will only be defined by our dreams and aspirations, we must be defined by what we can achieve.

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“I think the target is very achievable, God willing, because that gives us sufficient time to really achieve it, and like I said we have already started. It is not like Nigeria is waiting until 2050 or 2055 to start, we have already started.”

The director-general also disclosed that his agency had developed and built 100% solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations in Sokoto and Lagos, adding that the one in Nsukka is coming up.

He said:

“These are pilot programmes with the objective of proving that the concept works so they could be replicated by the private sector across the nation.
“Just imagine: there must have been a time when the very first vehicle got off the ship in Lagos unto Nigeria shores, the very first car in Nigeria, at that time I am sure there were no fuel stations, still someone got to fuel that vehicle.

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“This is the exciting beginning we are at with electric vehicles, and as we move on the private sector must be encouraged to build more of these charging stations, because we see it as a very viable economic venture.”

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Recall that after driving Kona, the assembled-in-Nigeria electric car in July, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, concluded that the drive was fantastic and the making of the innovative car is a showcase of what is possible in Nigeria.

Professor Osinbajo made the comment after the unveiling of the Made-in-Nigeria fair featuring the exhibition of the first electric car assembled in Nigeria, among other locally manufactured products.

Aside from touring the exhibition stands, Osinbajo drove the electric car alongside the ministers of industry, trade, and investment, Niyi Adebayo, and NADDC boss, Aliyu.

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Speaking at a motorsports event in May and its potential for job creation in Nigeria, Aliyu said:

“I believe there is a huge potential for Nigeria in motorsport. As we all know, we have a lot of talented youths across the country.
“This is another avenue for them to really showcase how good they are. One very important thing about motorsport is that it promotes innovation.
“We believe that this will also promote a research and development platform in Nigeria for us to continue to develop race cars that we will design and produce here that will be competitive with other cars around the world.”


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