By Theodore Opara

THE National Auotomotive Design and Development Council has begun discussions with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to design workable solutions that will make auto purchase affordable for Nigerians, Jelani Aliyu, the Director General of NADDC has disclosed.

Aliyu gave the hint during his presentation at the 9th Annual Transport Lecture organised by TransportDay Newspapers, with the theme: ‘Nigeria’s Transportation For Development; Sectoral Achievements, Prospects and Challenges’ which held in Abuja.

He said: “We had a meeting with the CBN on auto financing. We want to work out a solution that would enable Nigerians to buy new vehicles and pay over a period of six years.”

The NADDC boss said the move was part of the agency’s efforts geared towards promoting and enhancing value addition in the transport cum automotive sector of the economy by creating a conducive business climate to further enhance investment inflow and industrialisation, adding that the NADDC wass rapidly shifting attention to carbonless transport system in Nigeria in a bid to develop and promote advanced transport technology in the automotive industry.

“This is because, vehicle electrification is inevitable, it is the future of automotive industry worldwide and we are working assiduously towards achieving its comprehensive and sustainable adoption in Nigeria. There is no gainsaying the fact that poor maintenance culture of vehicles in the transport sector contributes immensely to environmental pollution.

The use of EVs that have advanced technology will not only curb these excesses but will also lead to more productivity in the industry. Currently, one of our top focus areas is scaling up production of applicable electric vehicles locally, to enable Nigeria meet its target for the Paris Accord and 2060 net zero commitment, both on reducing harmful gas emissions from vehicles” he said.

Aliyu added that NADDC recently set up a Technical Committee on Electric Vehicle Development Plan aimed at drawing up a comprehensive development plan for vehicle electrification in Nigeria, towards the realization of full scale local production of multiple brands of applicable EVs that would be in tune with the economic structure of the country and to be supported by establishing effective ecosystem of charging infrastructure.

According to the NADDC boss, the plan would also ensure that made-in Nigeria EVs are of world standard and compete favourably in the global market. “As a pilot scheme project, the NADDC has established 100 per cent solar powered EV Charging Stations at Usman Danfodio University Sokoto, University of Lagos and University of Nigeria Nsukka and is also discussing with other stakeholders for collaboration in establishing more charging infrastructure all over the country.

“NADDC is committed to establishing and giving support to development programmes that will aid the Nigerian transport sector. I, therefore, urge all stakeholders to begin to think of a paradigm shift from the conventional vehicles to carbonless transportation system and key into the vehicle electrification projects of the Council with a view to achieving cleaner air in Nigeria” he added.

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