Newly appointed Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council NADDC, Jelani Aliyu MFR, has urged relevant institutions in the Nigeria automotive industry to promote industrial design in the automotive subsector of the economy , stating that this would enhance the production of vehicles purely designed for Nigeria by Nigerians.
He made this call on Thursday, 1st June, 2017 at the Council’s headquarter in Abuja on the occasion of a courtesy visit by Commerce and Industry Correspondence Association of Nigeria (CICAN).
The association led by their president, Lady Franca Ochigbo congratulated the Director General and Chief Executive of NADDC for his appointment by the Federal Government describing him as the most suitable for the job.
In his remarks, the Director General reaffirmed Council’s support to all the stake holders in the auto industry, adding that the Council shall continue to ensure proper implementation of the National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) for the benefit of the stake holders and Nigerians at large.
Responding to questions on the need for affordable made-in-Nigeria cars, He said that the Council shall work on the missing link in the design and production of made-in-Nigeria cars. “It is a matter of what Nigerians need, the interest of the people is important in developing the Nigerian automotive industry. We need Institutions to be committed in promoting industrial design so that the cars we use in Nigeria should be designed and produced in Nigeria in the interest of Nigerians”.
In line with the vision of the Council, to position Nigeria as one of the leading automotive manufacturing nations in the world, Jelani said “Nigeria is not an island, we are part of global movement, we shall engage our foreign counterparts and all friends of Nigeria from all around the world to make things work in the local auto industry, so that made-in-Nigeria cars can not only be produced and used in Nigeria but also in neighboring countries”.
On youth empowerment, the Director General expressed his zeal in developing the mental focus and capacity of the youths by way of training to enable the work force make meaningful contributions to the development of automotive industry in Nigeria, adding that the empowerment programme shall also focus on automotive design competition for the youths to further encourage them for more capacity development so that there could be quality production in the Industry.
In the same vein, the Director, Administration Department of the Council, Mr. Rasheed Bolanle Salawu thanked the association for their interest in the Council. He however requested for more quality reportage devoid of negative journalism.