By Theodore Opara
Newly appointed Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu, has said that he will work with only progressive companies in order to move the automotive industry forward.
The DG who made this known through a press statement said “my objective with the NADDC is to contribute to the success of this magnificent nation, to reach out and positively touch as many lives as possible as we enable access to attainable, effective and exciting transportation solutions that will add significant value and enable economic growth to every man, woman and child.
“The importance of the automotive sector in any nation, whether developed or developing, cannot be underestimated, as it is both the direct provider of the logistics of life and the enabler of exponential multiplier effects”.
He noted “we shall empower our talented youths with the necessary professional training in contemporary automotive design and development, leveraging the most sophisticated technology, so they will innovate, design and develop automotive and transportation solutions that are in tune with our culture, climate, geography and economic structure.
“Our manufacturing stakeholders must be encouraged and supported to leverage advanced technology in providing the most applicable, safest, most durable and cost-effective vehicles. The NADDC is committed to identifying progressive technical partners and investors from around the world who can work with us to develop the automotive sector potential in Nigeria”.
According to him, “the country is indeed now very fortunate to have leadership that is seriously committed to universal progress across the nation. A leadership committed to diversification away from oil, into industry and agriculture. And so, as the NADDC, this is an opportunity that we must seize to energize the automotive sector and make Nigeria not just another manufacturer of automobiles, but an advanced hub of automotive innovation that will set forth the future of Africa’s transportation solutions”.
It would be recalled that Aliyu was appointed by the federal government to take over as DG of the NADDC following the retirement of Engr. Aminu Jalal. Aliyu is coming on board at a time when many industry stakeholders are calling for a complete review of the Nigeria Auto Industry Development Plan (NAIDP), also known as the new auto policy. The policy introduced in 2013/14, has caused a lot of hiccups in the industry as a result of partial implementation and consistent complains from industry operators.