We’re working with credible OEMs to launch affordable made-in-Nigeria vehicles — Jenali Aliyu

We’re working with credible OEMs to launch affordable made-in-Nigeria vehicles — Jenali Aliyu

… says Nigerians Deserve More Than Used Vehicles

World-renowned genius and Director General of Nigerian Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC,Mr. Jenalis Aliyu says his agency is working with credible Original Equipment and Manufacturers, OEMs in the country to launch affordable and durable made-in-Nigeria vehicles soon.

 

Aliyu disclosed this in a chat with Vanguard at the ongoing Gulf International Technology Exhibition, GITEX 2019 holding in Dubai, UAE.

He said the idea behind the proposed made-in-Nigerian vehicles is to offer average Nigerians the rare opportunity to drive brand new cars at a cost-effective price instead of being forced to buy used vehicles with little or no pleasure.

He explained that the agency since the implementation of the National Automotive Investment Plan, NAIP, some of the popular OEMs companies have come back to Nigeria like Peugeot and Volkswagen which he said had also signed an MOU to come back.

‘‘Instead of being forced to buy used vehicles, in Investment Promotion, we are working with relevant and very credible OEMs to encourage and support them to come into Nigeria. Recalled in the 70s and 80s Nigeria was producing 140,000 vehicles per year but the economy went down because the price of crude oil crashed in 1986, which affected the industry.

‘‘Since the implementation of the National Automotive Investment Plan, NAIP, some of these companies have come back, Peugeot. Just recently we signed an MOU with Volkswagen to come back into Nigeria. They will create thousands of direct jobs and tens of thousands of indirect jobs.

In terms of infrastructure, he said the agency has three locations where it is working on: Kaduna, Osobo and Nnewi, where they are working with stakeholders soon to start the construction of automotive industrial parks in all the locations with all the necessary infrastructure, electricity, water and connectivity.

‘‘Today we discussed with a company who could probably be offtake to come in and set up shop in one of those locations.’’

On standards, the NAIPC boss said the agency is also about setting up a regulatory standard for the Nigerian automotive industry. ‘‘We are about 85% completion of the testing centre. In Zaria we will be testing material that will go into automotive production, in Enugu, we will be testing components that will go into vehicles, and in Lagos, we have emission lab that will test emissions.

‘‘By the time these centres are online, any vehicle or component sold in Nigeria would have had to be tested, certified and given the approval, and otherwise, it would be illegal to have that in Nigeria.’’

On skill development, Aliyu explained that over 3,200 youths were trained last year and more this year on automotive engineering. A scheme he said would be sustained to make the youths understand new automotive technology.

‘‘Some of the things we are doing we have started the design development of what we call an Ambulance that can reach any location in Nigeria because 50% of the population live in the remote areas. We are looking at vehicles that can take medicines to these people in need.

‘‘We have also started the design development of Nigerian vehicle. We want to replicate Henry Ford who at the beginning of this century introduced the vehicle that put America on wheels. Before then very few people could afford vehicles.’’

On Funding, he stated that the agency is about solving the challenge for working with a number of banks and also have gotten strong support from CBN and the federal ministry of finance which has shown interest in doing this through auto finance scheme.

Comments

83 responses to “We’re working with credible OEMs to launch affordable made-in-Nigeria vehicles — Jenali Aliyu”

  1. Avatar Emmanuel Okpor says:

    thats great and supportive for Nigerians

  2. Abdullahi Aliyu Abdullahi Aliyu says:

    okay

  3. Avatar Faleti Ademola Hammed says:

    God will help u

  4. Avatar Okocha Lisa says:

    noted.

  5. Avatar Tega Aroro says:

    Okay

  6. Confidence Faith Confidence Faith says:

    Okay

  7. Avatar Chaaik says:

    Dis is a good news

  8. Avatar Chuezi says:

    Wow God Is Your Strenght

  9. Avatar Hyacinthe Mahefa RAFANOMEZANTSOA says:

    also madagascar

  10. Avatar Fortune24 says:

    Nigeria should stop using second hand cars

  11. Avatar Uchechukwu Onwudi says:

    Ok

  12. Avatar Etajuwa Godwin Ayorinde says:

    Alright

  13. Avatar Emeka Okafor says:

    Thanks

  14. Avatar Stella Tamuno says:

    Cool

  15. Akporue Victory Akporue Victory says:

    I am very sure those vehicles will be terrible

  16. Avatar Dynamic says:

    May God help you

  17. Avatar Abj1900 says:

    Inside life

  18. Avatar Abj1900 says:

    All z well

  19. Avatar Oliwe Emma says:

    Thanks so much for the update

  20. Avatar Omodara Samuel says:

    Good

  21. Samuel Solomon Samuel Solomon says:

    Thanks so much for
    the update

  22. Avatar Durojaiye Oluwatobi says:

    Thanks

  23. Moses Moses says:

    Keep improved

  24. kolawolemoses kolawolemoses says:

    Fine

  25. Avatar Elizabeth ojediran says:

    Hmmmmm

  26. Prince Emeka Prince Emeka says:

    Ok

  27. Emmanuel Chinonso Emmanuel Chinonso says:

    Noted

  28. Anieffiok Aniebiet Paul Anieffiok Aniebiet Paul says:

    ok and. noted