The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), has said that talented youths would be empowered with necessary professional training in contemporary automotive design and development using the most sophisticated technology.
Speaking in Abuja, Mr Jelani Aliyu, the Director-General of NADDC, said: “The training will help them innovate, design and develop automotive and transportation solutions that are in tune with our culture, climate, geography and economic structure”.
He stated this while addressing members of staff of the council on how he intends to achieve the aims and objectives of NADDC.
‘‘I am committed to adding significant value to the automotive sector, and I very much look forward to working with all my team at the council to positively and dynamically engage all committed stakeholders. My objective is to create a win-win for all the progressive companies involved and for the Nigerian people,’’ he said.
According to Aliyu, the importance of the automotive sector, developed or not, cannot be underestimated, as it is both the direct provider of the logistics of life and the enabler of exponential multiplier effects. He said that it was fortunate that the present leadership was committed to diversifying the country from oil to industry and agriculture.
“This is an opportunity that we must seize to energise the automotive sector and make Nigeria not just another manufacturer of automobiles but an advanced hub of automotive innovation,’’ Aliyu said.
According to him, the manufacturing stakeholders must be encouraged and supported to leverage advanced technology in providing the most applicable, safest, most durable and cost-effective vehicles.
He said the council would identify progressive technical partners and investors from around the world who would work with the council to develop the automotive sector potential in Nigeria.