Nigeria is set to start designing vehicles as a way of developing the automotive industry. The news was made known by Mr. Jelani Aliyu, who was the senior creative designer of GM and now the Director-General of NADDC.
Mr. Jelani Aliyu, who is the Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) made this known at the Lagos Motor Show that was just concluded.
Speaking through Mrs. Susan, the Deputy Director Corporate Services, he went further to say that competition will be organized among vehicle designers in Nigeria to select the best-designed vehicle, which will be endorsed for the pilot scheme.
We are in quest for the first Nigerian car and it will be designed by Nigerians. Luckily, we have a vehicle designer as the head of the NADDC.
He bemoaned the slow pace at which the country's automotive industry has been developing, saying it was all due to the lack of consistency of government policies.
However, Mr. Aliyu pointed out that the current auto policy which was introduced in 2011 and an initiative of Olusegun Aganga, the former Minister of Industry, changed the country's auto business.
Details regarding the Nigerian-designed vehicle project wasn't made available at the forum. However, the NADDC DG stated that preparations for the vehicle design competition have already been finalized. He also added that the auto policy bill that was passed of recent by the National Assembly, has been presented to President Muhammadu Buhari, waiting for his approval.
Mr. Jelani Aliyu used to work in designing department in General Motors
The Managing Director, BKG Exhibition Limited, who happens to be Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Agwu, made an appeal to the federal government.
to urgently review the National Automotive Industry Development Plan to reflect some of the realities and developments its implementation has thrown up, in order to ensure that it achieves the desired ends.
He explicitly emphasized that the Nigerian auto policy be focused on spare parts production.
There is an urgent need for all the stakeholders to close ranks and pursue the development of the sector with more focus and dedication.
We are aimed at using this key annual event to strengthen Nigerian auto part markets’ role as the hub of the sector’s business in Africa. The intention is to make players in the sector from other countries on the continent to be buying from the Nigerian markets. Nigeria has the resources and capacity to play such a role.