By Meshack Idehen
The Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu, said the Council is set to partner with N-Power, a federal social protection agency, to identify, train and produce world class auto technicians that will service the nation’s auto industry.
He said this was in line with the council’s mandate and part of initiatives from NADDC that will create limitless opportunities for the industry in Nigeria, particularly jobs for the nations teeming youths.
The NADDC DG credible auto workshops around the country that will partner with the council in training of the mechanics and technicians has already been identified, pointing out the training of the Nigerian technicians will be based on both local and global transport needs.
According to him, the council is also in talks with a vehicle parts manufacturing groups based in South Africa, adding some tertiary institutions are already keying into the initiative by NADDC. The councils test centers in various parts of the country, including the research and development center based in Zaria, Kaduna state will be involved in the programme, the director general added.
Speaking on these initiatives, Chief Executive of Code Red Limited, an auto development company, Mr. Kayode Odubela, said since Jelani Aliyu came on board as director general of NADDC, that there has been a marked difference in Nigeria’s quest to become the hub for auto design and development in the continent.
Odubela said for too long that the previous Nigerian government had endlessly talked about diversifying the economy which is largely gas and oil-dependent, noting the verbosity of governments not always matching the bluster.
According to him, the automobile manufacturing industry is seemed like a plausible alternative for Nigeria, pointing out the programmes by the NADDC director general and his team will help create thousands of jobs and draw large-scale investment from global car-makers. Nigeria’s government and citizens can tap into these potential, Odubela maintained.
It would be recalled that amongst several key sector objectives, that the NADDC director general, Mr Jelani Aliyu has consistently maintained that a Nigerian vehicle that is conceptualized, designed and developed by Nigerians for Nigerians in Nigeria can make the country Arica auto hub.
“ A Nigerian vehicle designed specifically for the Nigerian populace. A vehicle in tune with the history, culture, environment and economic structure of the people, and I think we are heading there,” Aliyu added.