Welcome message from the President

Mr. Oriowo delivering the board’s welcome address

Distinguished Guest of Honor and the cream of the Nigeria Automobile Industry and other automobile interests gathered here today; let me welcome you, especially to the prestigious Sheraton Hotel; venue of the Nigeria Automotive Awards 2022 ceremony and Launch of Infrastructure for the West Africa Automotive Institute (WAAI). The Awards Ceremony The Automobiles And Road Safety Initiative (A&RSI) is a Non-Governmental Organisation. We have been engaged in the promotion of practical road safety activities throughout Nigeria since 2013. We do this directly through engagements, sensitization, and training seminars for motor mechanics across the states. We want to acknowledge Mobil Oil for the quarterly sponsorship of these seminars and publications. Thank you so much Mr. MD 11 Plc and your great team. We also want to commend the various commanders of the Federal Road Safety Corps and Vehicle Inspection Departments across the states for their very active participation in the training of NATA members and their full cooperation always. Our core objective in undertaking these tasks is to enable the motoring public in Nigeria enjoy the niceties of driving safely across the roads with quality and well-maintained vehicles. We are convinced that with elegantly engineered cars, utility vans and motoring support products from the various manufacturers’ showrooms and automobile maintenance workshops, our target for 100% safety on the roads can be accomplished. The awards are therefore designed by our researchers and approved by the Board of Trustees to acknowledge enterprise and quality products in the automotive sector annually and to raise the bar for manufacturers and distributors of motors, parts and engine lubricants in Nigeria. Shortly, we will be moving straight to announce the winners of this year’s award and begin immediately to prepare for 2023 event which we intend to take round the country annually. Launch of Infrastructure for the West Africa Automotive Institute The West Africa Automotive Institute is a novel idea. The institute will elevate knowledge and practice and create young people who will drive our safe driving and durable motor car initiative with emerging technology from your manufacturing plants to the mechanic workshops. West Africa Automotive Institute is a mono-technical centre for the training of technicians for the automobile market on motor vehicle maintenance technics, auto electrical technics, global fabrication, electronic parts identity codes, internet communications in automobile engineering, design, safety practices and budget management at the vehicle workshop. The center will year in, year out give opportunity to every young person including those from vulnerable backgrounds to learn and become future leaders in the automobile sector. The first of the centres is being located at Ilesa, Osun State along the ever-busy Ilesa-Akure Highway not too far from the Ilara-Mokin country home of Chief Ade Ojo, Nigeria’s foremost automobile dealer. We intend to grow this initiative by duplicating the institute in other locations across the country to train people and to create employment opportunities for beneficiaries at very affordable cost. We believe that automobile manufacturers, assembly plants and industry logistics divisions will find the products from this centre very helpful in their activities.

Our Request for Sponsorship

The West Africa Automotive Institute and it’s sponsoring NGO, Automobiles, And Road Safety Initiative is requesting from governments, and other major players in the Nigeria Automobile Sector to key into this initiated by taking up sponsorship of construction of departments and supply of workshop equipment for the effective take-off of the institute.


Donors and corporate project sponsors will have structures named after them and their organisations/brands at the centre and in all our promotions. This will have the corporate image of sponsors etched in gold for posterity.

Universities and Polytechnics

Mr. Chairman and distinguished guests, no doubt the universities and polytechnics are doing so much to train engineering graduates to manage technical challenges at the workshops. However, the West Africa Automotive Institute is here to address the obvious gaps therein and to train and re-train younger people from the communities and colleges on the best and most authoritative technics of automobile maintenance.

The Institute will train sponsored indigent young people from the communities in and across West Africa in due course. We are looking up to the Local and State governments, companies, and kind-hearted individual sponsorships to drive the process. We earnestly count on you.


As we look forward to the announcement of deserving corporate winners and outstanding individual winners of the Year 2022 Nigeria Automotive Industry Awards, The Automobiles, And Road Safety Initiative seeks your contributions and support through sponsorship of buildings for the centre (departmental structures) and financial donations for training equipment for this worthy course.

We welcome you once again to the occasion.

Thank you so much.

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