It is not new information anymore that the Nigerian government is trying to encourage Nigerian automobile manufacturers to produce more. However, the fact that most components for automobile manufacturing are not readily available in the Nigerian market hence, the importation of these components from other parts of the world.
This is why the Nigerian Automotive Design and Development Council (NDDC) feels this is impacting the economy negatively as gathered by Naijauto.
The director of the council, Jelani Aliyu, made this known, during the week in Abuja, saying Nigeria needs to stop the importation of automobile components in relation to its population and economy.
Jelani Aliyu pushes the goverment to stop the inportation of auto components
Mr. Aliyu further revealed the efforts of the NDDC in this regards, with its vigorous pursuits of developing local contents to discourage the importation of these auto components.
Jelani also warned in his statement that Nigeria must stop the importation of auto components by producing the products and services that it needs locally.
"We cannot continue to depend on imported components or products. Nigeria, a nation of close to 200 million people, must industrialise, must engage in the development of products and services that we need," he said.
Jelani also made known the activities of the council in engaging international stakeholders to see ways they can collaborate in producing auto components in Nigeria.
>>> To be honest, buying imported car parts is sometimes cheaper but more reliable than Nigerian made ones: Buying car spare parts in Lagos? - 5 online places you should note
The officer urged the local production of auto parts instead of importing car components
A Local Automotive Components/Parts Fund has also been instituted to encourage the production of vehicle parts locally.
He said: “Not too long ago, we were in South Africa. We met with a number of component manufacturers, who were very interested in being connected with Nigerian investors and Nigerian partners to begin to produce components in Nigeria.”
You will recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had previously ordered and received 77 brand new pickup trucks from Innoson Motors for the operation of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
This was to make a commitment statement on the part of the president to facilitate the quick, prompt, and efficient processes of the FRSC in its duties.
>>> You might also like to read NADDC to cooperate with relevant players in the auto industry to produce electric cars in Nigeria