By Theodore Opara
The Director-General of National Automotive Council, NAC, Engr. Aminu Jalal has commended the management of Stallion Group for taking advantage of the Federal Government’s auto policy to deliver made-in-Nigeria cars for the Nigerian populace.
The DG, who spoke to Vanguard over the phone said that Stallions’ efforts should be commended and urged other stakeholders in the industry to follow the footstep of the company in delivering affordable cars for Nigerian citizens.
According to Engr. Jalal, there is no doubt that prices of cars will go down in no time if other stakeholders show the same commitment like Stallion. He also hinted that PAN Nigeria Limited, Innoson Motors, Kia are among some of the local companies that will be rolling out made-in-Nigeria cars very soon.
“The efforts of these companies have shown that the Federal Government’s auto policy is working and has come to stay. In no time Nigerians will join the rest of the world in enjoying brand new cars at affordable price.”
He, however, hinted that the National Automotive Council is working with Stallion Motors and others in developing local content for the vehicles they are producing in Nigeria. This, he said, is aimed at ensuring affordable vehicles from the companies.
Engr. Jalal, however, advised the management of Stallion to open their plant for the press to see what they are doing in order to avoid doubts that the cars were made in Nigeria.
“I have told the Stallion management to invite the press to see what they are doing and report back to the public in order not to create doubts about where the vehicles were assembled,” he said, adding that “when PAN Nigeria relaunched its plant in Kaduna, they invited the press and people never to doubt them.”
Currently Stallion assembles the Hyundai i10, and Grand while the production of the Hyundai Xcent is billed to commence soon followed by Acent, Elantra and ix 35.
It is also assembling the Nissan Almera, and Patrol from its VON plant in Lagos.