ADVERTISEMENT

Automotive Council commends Tinubu's vision for auto industry

The director-general said a significant part of Tinubu’s vision was the development of the local spare parts sector.

President Bola Tinubu [Channels Television]

Joseph Osanipin, the Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

According to Osanipin, the NADDC has been instrumental in driving forward the President’s vision of a Renewed Hope Agenda.

The director-general said the president’s directives have significantly boosted efforts to promote made-in-Nigeria vehicles and strengthened the automotive sector.

ADVERTISEMENT

NAN reports that Tinubu directed Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles made in Nigeria.

According to the president, any submission contrary to this will be rejected. This unambiguous stance has provided the necessary impetus for compliance and simplified NADDC’s enforcement efforts.

“So we are working with necessary stakeholders and agencies to pursue that and with this directive from the president, it made our job easier.

“And I am sure every stakeholder in the industry is very happy with that because they know we need to invest more in CNG vehicles.

“Most of the assemblers we have already have the kit, they train themselves, and they have been doing manpower training to equip the staff on how to do the conversion.

ADVERTISEMENT

“And some of the assemblers are already doing direct CNG so that there will be no need for conversion, it is coming out as CNG,” Osanipin said.

The director-general said a significant part of Tinubu’s vision was the development of the local spare parts sector.

Osanipin said parts development remained NADDC’s major achievement. While Nigeria may not be able to produce all automotive parts, the emphasis was on leveraging local capabilities.

He said local production of items such as car seats, leather, and oil filters had been prioritised to meet domestic demand and reduce reliance on imports.

On support, he said the council had engaged parts manufacturers, particularly in Nnewi, to support their efforts.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We have had engagement with them in Nnewi, we went to meet them in their offices in their workshop, in the plants in Nnewi, because we have noticed a lot of them are around that axis.

“And then we are putting together an industrial park in Nnewi.

“So the essence of the industrial park is to bring everybody under the same roof so that they will be able to have shared facility,” he said.

According to the NADDC boss, sharing facilities such as power, training and testing centres will reduce costs and make local products more competitive.

“These facilities will ensure that locally made products meet international standards as verified by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).”

ADVERTISEMENT

The director-general said in alignment with Tinubu’s vision, NADDC conducted extensive training programmes for technicians and roadside mechanics while focusing on manpower development.

He said NADDC had developed regulations for Electric Vehicles (EVs) and CNG vehicles and enhanced the skills of local technicians to ensure they were well-equipped to handle the evolving automotive industry.

Osanipin reiterated that the focus on made-in-Nigeria vehicles, parts development, and manpower training underscored the present administration’s commitment to creating a sustainable and competitive automotive sector.

He said: “Our efforts are geared towards creating a robust automotive sector that can compete globally while providing economic opportunities for Nigerians.”

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Abia records 109 cases of stooling, vomiting but no cholera

Abia records 109 cases of stooling, vomiting but no cholera

Some Nigerians have no choice but to use charcoal stoves as kerosene price skyrockets

Some Nigerians have no choice but to use charcoal stoves as kerosene price skyrockets

Here's why storing cooked food in refrigerator for over 3 days could kill you

Here's why storing cooked food in refrigerator for over 3 days could kill you

VIDEO: Tension in Rivers as angry youths pull down Wike's statue

VIDEO: Tension in Rivers as angry youths pull down Wike's statue

Kogi Govt bans traditional processions in Koton Karfe to maintain peace

Kogi Govt bans traditional processions in Koton Karfe to maintain peace

Governor donates 12 cows to prison inmates to give them 'sense of belonging'

Governor donates 12 cows to prison inmates to give them 'sense of belonging'

Nigeria spends ₦884 billion to import palm oil every year

Nigeria spends ₦884 billion to import palm oil every year

Politician demands recount of votes over irregularities, even though he won election

Politician demands recount of votes over irregularities, even though he won election

Edo elders slam Labour Party supporters for insulting Oba of Benin

Edo elders slam Labour Party supporters for insulting Oba of Benin

Pulse Sports

Finidi George responds to accusation made by Victor Osimhen in viral video

Finidi George responds to accusation made by Victor Osimhen in viral video

Elaine Thompson-Herah withdraws from the 200m of the Jamaican Olympic games trials amidst injury woes

Elaine Thompson-Herah withdraws from the 200m of the Jamaican Olympic games trials amidst injury woes

PulseSports30: Sikiru Alimi tops Moses Simon as Osayi-Samuel comes in at 24

PulseSports30: Sikiru Alimi tops Moses Simon as Osayi-Samuel comes in at 24

Victor Osimhen's future in the balance: Premier League or Saudi Pro League?

Victor Osimhen's future in the balance: Premier League or Saudi Pro League?

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria ahead of Ghana& South Africa, remain best team in the continent

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria ahead of Ghana& South Africa, remain best team in the continent

'Sack him now' - Reactions as Finidi George fails to inspire Super Eagles against Benin

'Sack him now' - Reactions as Finidi George fails to inspire Super Eagles against Benin

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT