- Nigeria’s automotive industry is advancing towards actualizing the exportation of vehicles to other African countries
- This was disclosed by the Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu
- Aliyu made the disclosure at the Intra-Africa Trade Fair, a multinational trade fair and conference in South Africa aimed at bringing Africa's over 55 countries together
Durban - The director-general, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Jelani Aliyu, has disclosed that various automotive companies in Nigeria are already producing/assembling world-class vehicles for exportation to African countries.
Mr. Aliyu made the disclosure while speaking at a panel discussion, moderated by CNN's Eleni Giokos, at the just-concluded Intra-Africa Trade Fair, IATF, in Durban, South Africa.
The NADDC director-general reiterated Nigeria's commitment to electric vehicles and general increase in local vehicle production for both the nation itself and exports to other African countries.
According to him, this development would translate to more job creation in the country.
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Nigeria Keying Into Electric, Gas-Powered Vehicle Manufacturing, Says Jelani Aliyu
Recently, during the recently concluded COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Aliyu had told the world that Nigeria was advancing towards actualizing the manufacturing of electric and gas-powered vehicles.
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.
Mr. Aliyu also stressed that Nigeria could not afford to be left behind as nations around the world advance technologically.
Electric Car Assembled in Nigeria Is a Fantastic Innovation, Says Osinbajo
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.