Keynote Address by Engr. Jelani Aliyu, MFR, Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) at the special Automotive Industry Award and Launch of Infrastructure for West Africa Automotive Institute held at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos on 14th December, 2022.

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It gives me great pleasure to address you today on this auspicious occasion of the special Automotive Industry Award and Launch of Infrastructure for West Africa Automotive Institute.

Globally, the end- user’s expectations of vehicle quality, reliability, safety and utility are at an all-time high. At the same time, this has put pressure on the auto industry on maintenance and repairs of vehicles. This is why the government has put in efforts to address the issue of industrial infrastructure deficit to support the local automotive industry to enable it attain global relevance.

Accordingly, the establishment of Automotive Service Hubs and Automotive Training Centres were identified as one of the key projects that will help in the redefinition of the nation’s auto industry and ensure the diversification of the nation’s economy.

It is important to note that the automotive service hub and training centre is a place where industries can share infrastructure, resources, information, knowledge and technical expertise. This will enhance competitiveness, enhance learning and technical innovation therefore reducing production cost and attracts investment in local content development.

Therefore, this initiative and launch of infrastructure for West Africa Automotive Institute couldn’t have come at a better time as this government has laid great importance to capacity building.

You are all aware that National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) is a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment tasked with the responsibility to initiate, recommend, supervise and regulate policies and programmes for locally manufactured vehicles and components in Nigeria.

The Council has worked tirelessly to ensure the survival, growth of the Nigerian Automotive Industry with a view to enhancing the industry’s contribution to the National economy. 

The Federal Government in 2013 launched the Nigerian Automotive Industrial Development Plan (NAIDP) and one of the cardinal elements of the NAIDP is skills development and promotion. For the Council to achieve this mandate, it has embarked on many programmes and projects aimed at skills upgrade in the automotive sector in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

The Council has trained over 20,000 technicians in the industry through its various mechatronics skills development programmes in collaboration with accredited training providers nationwide, such programmes include the NADDC specialized mechatronics training for auto technicians and youth on modern automotive and heavy duty vehicle diagnosis, repairs and maintenance as well as the on- going collaboration with the Ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster Management on the training and empowerment of youths in the area of mechatronics and agricultural technology (the non- graduate aspect of the N-Power scheme).

The Council is currently constructing three (3) of such pilot Automotive Service Hubs and Automotive Training Centres across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. These projects once completed will ease the challenges encountered by vehicle owners in servicing and maintenance of vehicles usually occasioned by non- availability of standard service stations nationwide.

It is important to know that technology in the auto sector advances continually and at a very fast pace. Most vehicles today are built with a lot of electronically controlled systems.

Also, with emergence of new automotive technologies, the automotive industry is rapidly gaining momentum on the strategic transition from use of petrol and diesel to electric vehicles (EV) and natural gas-powered vehicles (NGV). Therefore, it necessary to train and re- train the youths.

In conclusion, let me express my appreciation to the Board of Trustees of Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative on this laudable project. I equally urge every relevant stakeholder to accord this project the cooperation it deserves.

 

Thank you for your attention.  

(The Keynote Address was read on behalf of Engr. Jelani Aliyu by Dr. Nua Omisanya, an Executive Director at NADDC)

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