The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) says it plans to partner with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) toward providing accessibility for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Nigeria.
James Lalu, Executive Secretary, NCPWD, said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General of NADDC, Jelani Aliu. This is contained in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of NCPWD, Mr JohnMichaels Mbanefo on Wednesday in Abuja.
Lalu said that NADDC has been identified as one of the ideal partners in the efforts to provide accessibility to PWDs. “And that is why we are willing to share the over 200 page document on accessibility minimum standard developed by the commission with major stakeholders like your organisation for onward review and adoption before it goes to the press.
“The NCPWD will need the support and the expertise of NADDC to help in reviewing the accessibility minimum standard document in the areas of transportation for PWDs. “Buses and other vehicles used for transportation in Nigeria are not easily accessed by PWDs, especially persons on wheelchairs.
“Most of the women on wheelchair feel abused when strange men take advantage of their situations to touch them inappropriately in the guise of helping them to fit into vehicles,” Lalu said.
He called for a more accessible design for transportation vehicles to take care of the PWDs needs.
Lalu also suggested that the NCPWD should have focal personnel from the NADDC to be working with its accessibility department for a more profitable partnership.
Responding, Aliu stated that the council was happy with the friendship from the commission and hoped that such partnership would add value to Nigerians and PWDs. The NADDC boss said that the council would be transparent in reviewing the accessibility document and make its inputs for a more robust Accessibility Standard for PWDs. Aliu stated that the council would try to collaborate with necessary stakeholders in order to provide suitable automatic wheelchairs and vehicles that would enhance accessibility for PWDs and for their transportation needs.
Envoy lauds NADDC for reviving automThe Nigerian Ambassador to Japan, Mr Husaini Moriki, has commended the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr Jelani Aliyu, for reviving the Nigerian Automotive Industry.
Moriki made the commendation during Nigeria’s delegation meeting with key Japanese automotive manufacturers in Japan.
According to him, Aliyu had successfully brought many reform initiatives to the industry that have yielded results in terms of investment capacity building of Nigeria’s auto industry players.
The ambassador, therefore, urged the Japanese companies to identify areas of focus that the companies would like the Nigerian government to intervene in.
Moriki added that the intervention will be aimed at providing a better business environment He said that this cannot come at a better time than now when the National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) and the Auto Policy were being reviewed by the council.
He urged the Japanese companies to collaborate with the council in training of Nigerian youths at the 18 Automotive Training Centers built by the council across the country.
Speaking earlier, the NADDC boss called on Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Suzuki and Yamaha to set up mega production and assembly plants in Nigeria.
According to him, Honda West Africa, , , , , and were already building vehicles in the country.
Aliyu said, “these larger investments would come at a time when the need for diversification in Nigeria is paramount to the country’s economy as the population continues to grow.
” The DG added that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, was also opening up Africa-wide opportunities for Nigerian automotive manufacturers.
“The discussions with the companies were very fruitful, with strong potential for the various manufacturers to significantly increase their operations and market footprint in Nigeria.
“This will contribute at an even higher level to the growth and sustainability of the Nigerian Automotive space,” Aliyu dis.
He added that the council had engaged an international firm, KPMG, to support with the review of the Auto Policy.
This, he said, is in order to beef it up to the current pattern of global and regional automotive production and distribution.
He said: “KPMG is getting good support from the AAAM – African Association of Automotive Manufacturers.
” As soon as the draft policy is done by KPMG, it shall go as an executive bill to the National Assembly.
“The Senate and House Committees on Industry are giving their full support towards having this reviewed policy be backed by a legal framework.
” While highlighting some of the key areas of the reviewed policy, Aliyu said ”when the draft becomes law, it would further boost the financial advantages of local .
“It will also provide clear import duty differential between locally assembled vehicles and those imported fully built and also provide tax waivers.
“Other key areas would include facilitating the establishment of dedicated customs , provision of single digit capital financing for both manufacturers and buyers.
“It will also entail mandatory government patronage, all in favour of local ,”Aliyu added.
On his part, the Chairman, House of Represenatatives Committee on Industry, Mr Enitan Badru, promised to provide necessary legislative support to the new auto policy.
He said,”so that it gives the investors the confidence and stability to invest in Nigeria.
” Badru underscored the importance of the vehicle financing scheme, saying it would bolster the purchase of locally produced vehicles.
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Stakeholders in the automobile industry have appealed for the speedy passage of the Automobile Policy to engender growth in the industry.
At the Maiden Auto CEOs Forum held in Abuja on Thursday, they also decried lack of an Auto Purchase Credit Scheme for Nigerians purchase vehicles on a staggered payment scheme.
They argued that if such scheme was made available, people would be able to buy new vehicles and the business of local assemblers in the country would thrive.
Mr Remi Olaife, Executive Director, Nigeria Automobile Manufacturers Association (NAMA) said that lack of political will was the main constraint of the industry.
”We are not ready as a country to move.
How long are we going to wait.
”The Auto policy was approved during President Goodluck Jonathan administration and till date they are still trying to make it a law.
”All what is said today has already been said.
If we do not have the political will, nothing gets done.
The funds are there, it is for us to decide what we want to do.
Representing the Director-General of BPP, the Director of Procurement, Mr Eze Obasi, urged the automobile companies to upgrade their status to enable them benefit from the bureau’s policy.
”Federal Government have a policy aimed at enabling indeginious firms to grow.
”We recommend agencies to patronise upgraded companies who have met all the requirements of tax clearance, CAC registration, PENCOM certifications, ITF and NSITF.
”However, there is need for a deliberate collaboration among you.
You also need to collaborate with smaller firms that can provide the necessary components you need to thrive.
”If you are not registered with the bureau, you cannot do business with the government,”Obasi said.
Earlier, the former Acting Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council(NADDC), Lukman Mamood, urged the NAMA to come together in one voice.
He said they should form a formidable force that would engage the government and relevant stakeholders on the way forward for the industry.
He said the objective of the policy was to establish a dynamic fiscal policy to attract and sustain investments.
”It is aimed to one million automobiles for transport, mining and agriculture, attract FDI and renew Nigerian vehicle stock and reverse pressure on balance of payment and strengthen the naira.
”It is also aimed at establishing automotive manufacturing infrastructure and increase industry employment among other things,” Mamood said.
He said the requirements for the industry’s development, however, entailed incentives and supportive measures, legislation, market and skills development among other things.
The Controller of Customs, Musa Baba, said that the industry had to be private driven for effective and efficient growth.
On purchase of vehicles, he said: ”We have to look into financing of the industry, that is the purchase of vehicles.
”Also, let us identify people who have true passion to push through the objectives of the forum.
”Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, Nord Automobiles Ltd., Oluwatobi Atayi, decried the non financing of automobile business in Nigeria due to high interest rate.
He urged that the National Automotive Council (NAC) levy on importation of vehicles to the country should be channeled as supposed to the automobile industry.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum was attended by stakeholders and players in the industry.
Mr Jelani Aliyu, the Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), has inaugurated 2,322 gas-powered Made-in-Nigeria buses bought by the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the vehicles were procured by the association for its fleets in the 774 local government areas in the country.
Inaugurating the buses on Friday in Abuja, Aliyu said:”It s very exciting to see that all the vehicles were built in Nigeria by an indigenous company.
”I hereby congratulate the Executive National Chairman of RTEAN, Alhaji Musa Maitakobi, for the commitment to buy the Nigerian built OMAA vehicles,” he said.
The director-general further called on all transport associations in the country to emulate the RTEAN and key into the National Gas Expansion Programme, by patronising Made-in-Nigeria Gas Powered Vehicles.
Aliyu said: ”What was witnessed was a testimony to the fact that the implementation of the National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) by the NADDC is yielding results.
”The CNG powered vehicles produced locally by OMAA Motors, will make transportation cheaper for the commuters and also save lives and protect the environment because it is a cleaner fuel compared to petrol and diesel.
“As one of the 195 signatories to the Paris Accord on the mitigation of greenhouse gases, Nigeria must leverage on the huge reserves of natural gases as a transition fuel.”
Alhaji Jelani Aliyu, Director-General (DG), National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), says the organization has floated a N200 billion vehicle financing scheme.
This, the DG said is to enable more Nigerians own vehicles without necessarily paying for them like it is being done in other developed climes.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aliyu disclosed this in Sokoto on Sunday when he addressed newsmen on efforts of the council to discourage the massive importation of used vehicles into Nigeria.
He said: “It is one thing to produce a vehicle and it is another thing to sell it, especially in this environment we live in Nigeria.
“We know that the purchasing power of the average Nigerian is very low.
“Around the world, people have been earning more and more relatively, but in Nigeria the market forces have made it so that Nigerians actually earn less.
“What an average worker, at a particular grade level, let’s say in a Ministry in 1975, could buy with his salary, that same officer now is unable to do that.
“This is because of inflation and what happened to our economy, as global market forces determine the prices of vehicles, just like crude oil, gold and diamonds.”
Aliyu said that the average Nigerian has over time become unable to buy a brand new vehicle like they used to do in the 1970s and 1980s.
The DG added that in other places around the world, people get new vehicles on credit by putting in 5 or 10 per cent of their costs.
“Then you take the vehicle home and you pay over a period of 4, 5 or 6 years.
“In Nigeria, that is basically non existent and we want to change that.
“If you want a new vehicle, you are expected to put all the money down before you drive it home.
“So, people are unable to buy these new cars,” the NADDC boss added.
Aliyu further said that the council is discussing with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Jaiz, Wema and Zenith Banks to provide a single-digit auto financing.
This, the director-general stated, is to assist Nigerians to be able to buy Made-in-Nigeria vehicles.
Aliyu said: “We are hoping to get the necessary approval so that Nigerians can just put down 10 per cent and take a brand new vehicle home and you pay the remaining debt over 4, 5 or 6 years.
“We believe this will help Nigerians to buy these vehicles and we have as part of our budget, some money for this.” (
The House of Representatives has tasked the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, with coming up with a feasible plan for the mass production of electric cars in the country.
This followed the adoption of a motion of public importance by Babajimi Benson (APC-Lagos) on Wednesday in Abuja during plenary.
Introducing the motion, Mr. Bension noted that the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, recently launched its five-seater electric car, dubbed the Lion Ozumba 551.
He added that the car, which was said to be part of the drive to bring attention to innovation and technology at the institution, was made from 80 per cent locally made materials.
He added that the car could cover a distance of 30 kilometers when fully charged.
“Tertiary institutions are essential for the discovery, proper dissemination and application of knowledge,” he said.
He said that research was essential for economic and sustainable development, adding that if the country's tertiary institutions were properly funded, it could result in an industrial revolution for the country.
Therefore, the Chamber urged the Federal Government to adequately finance the institutions involved in research in the production of electric and solar cars.
It charged the Committees on Education and Tertiary Services, Land Transportation, the Environment and
Science and Technology to engage stakeholders in the topic.
The Chamber urged the committee to direct stakeholders to devise a 10-year action plan to enhance the research capabilities of Nigeria's tertiary institutions to improve the automotive industry.
The Director General of the National Council for Automotive Design and Development, Jelani Aliyu, has revealed that several automotive companies in Nigeria are already producing / assembling world-class vehicles for export to African countries.
Aliyu made the reveal while speaking on a panel discussion, moderated by CNN's Eleni Giokos, at the recently concluded Intra-African Trade Fair, IATF, in Durban, South Africa.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that IATF is a multinational fair and conference whose aim is to bring together more than 55 African countries to showcase their relevant products and services that would be marketed across the continent.
The NADDC CEO reiterated Nigeria's commitment to electric vehicles and the overall increase in local vehicle production both for the nation and for exports to other African countries.
According to him, this development would translate into more job creation here at home.
Recall that during the recently concluded COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Aliyu had told the world that Nigeria was moving towards upgrading gas and electric vehicle manufacturing.
According to the CEO of NADDC, the recent assembly of electric vehicles by the Hyundai Kona EV and the assembly of the OMAA CNG minibus with AutoGas by a division of KOJO Motors are all testimonies of the effort that the country is making in that direction.
Aliyu stressed that Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind as nations around the world advance technologically.
He said: "Nigeria is committed to reaching net zero by 2060, I think that is enough time for us to really develop the necessary alternative solutions for transportation."
While noting that there are some challenges in the sector, Mr. Aliyu stressed that the goal is very achievable.
“Yes, we have challenges, but we will not allow ourselves to be defined by those challenges, they will only define our dreams and aspirations, we must be defined by what we can achieve.
“I think the goal is very achievable, God willing, because that gives us enough time to really achieve it, and like I said, we've already started. It's not that Nigeria is waiting until 2050 or 2055 to start, we've already started, ”Aliyu added.
The National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, has launched its first edition of its Automotive Quiz competition for high schools across the country.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that in this edition of the competition held this weekend in Abuja, the government high school, Kuje, the school for the gifted, Gwagalada, the Pace Setters Academy and the Faith Academy, jostled each other for the price.
Corn Kuje Public High School emerged as the winners while School for Gifted, Gwagalada, Pace Setters Academy and Faith Academy took 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions respectively.
The 1st and 2nd winners received 2 laptops and 2 tablets while the 3rd and 4th students respectively received 2 and 4 science books.
Speaking during the opening speech, NADDC Director General Jelani Aliyu said the competition aims to promote automotive related knowledge among young Nigerians towards career choices in the automotive industry.
Mr. Aliyu described all of the competing candidates as winners, urging them to start working for their careers as soon as possible.
He said: "The most important thing is to find out what you're good at and what you love to do the most, I believe each of you has been blessed with something special, it's up to you. to unleash that potential and make your dream come true.
“When I was young nobody told me to start designing vehicles or houses, I did it myself and started very young. So it is not early for you to start working towards your career.
The CEO congratulated all the students and thanked them for participating in the competition.
Earlier in his remarks, the representative of the competing students, Sanusi Mohammed, GSS Kuje, thanked the CEO and the Board for organizing the program, describing it as a wonderful program “at a time when young people needed help in making career decisions ”.
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Participants at the Association of Trade and Industry Correspondents of Nigeria (CICAN) conference expressed concern over Nigeria's continued dependence on oil revenues.
The participants made this known in a statement signed on Saturday by the President of CICAN, Mr. Fred Idehai, at the end of his 2021 conference in Abuja, declared open by Amb. Mariam Katagum, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment.
The conference on Friday was themed "The Role of Nigeria's MSMEs, Exports, Commodities, Trade and Investment in Stabilizing the Post-COVID-19 Economy: Issues and Challenges ",
The statement pointed out that overdependence on oil has been a major challenge in the country's foreign exchange market.
According to the statement, the importance of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) for the diversity of the Nigerian economy was at the forefront of discussions at the conference.
He noted that although the AfCFTA has its challenges, the Pan-African Trade Pact would deepen economic integration, improve and expand intra-African trade, allow rules-based engagement and facilitate dispute settlement.
He said the trade pact would also tackle harmful trade practices and serve as the basis for establishing a continental customs union.
“As federal and subnational governments work to resolve the challenges associated with the AfCFTA, such as the infrastructure shortage, intense competition from cheaper imports and weak regulation.
“It is relevant for the private sector to speed up production, improve its packaging and expand distribution to beat the looming competition.
“It was recommended that Nigeria be careful not to turn into a dumping ground as the country explores the opportunities of AfCFTA. "
On the Federal Government's MSME Survival Fund: Successes, Lessons and Pitfalls, he commended the Micro, Small and Medium Business Fund established by the federal government to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on small businesses.
He therefore noted that the speed with which Nigeria emerged from the recession was attributed to the success of the Fund and other government initiatives.
The statement also noted the major impact and achievements of the MSME Fund and the pitfalls in charting a better course in the future.
“Data from the Ministry of Industry shows that the N75 billion survival fund was completed in four segments.
“Even though a total of 174,574 people have successfully enrolled in the N75 billion National MSME Survival Fund and Guaranteed Exploitation Stimulus Program under Nigeria's Economic Sustainability Plan.
“The program, designed to save jobs and support local production amid COVID-19, has had a positive impact on small businesses. The Fund was deemed successful and recommended for expansion, ”he noted.
The press release welcomed the federal government's assurance that it has created access to fis to stimulate production and foster innovation to support small businesses.
On the leaps and bounds in the automotive industry, he noted the innovations of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), including the gradual transition to electric cars and other environmentally friendly automobiles.
“Apparently the automotive sector in Nigeria has the capacity to create thousands of jobs and NADDC is doing everything in the automotive industry to make this a reality.
“One example is that 400,000 vehicles a year are produced in the country, some of which are exported by companies like Innoson.
“The AfCFTA presents the automotive industry with an even larger market of over one billion people. It was recommended that NADDC increase the production of gasoline vehicles and electric vehicles in the country, ”he noted.
Keynote speakers at the conference included Dr Jelani Aliyu, Director General of NADDC and Senior Special Assistant to the President for Public Sector Issues, who is also the Secretary of the AfCFTA National Action Committee, Francis Anatogu.
Others are Cobham Nsa, executive director, Forefront Magazine, representatives of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority; Nigeria Financial Reporting Board; Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and Nigeria Standards Organization.
The Federal Government through the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has trained 300 auto technicians on heavy duty vehicles repair across the six geo-political zones.
On the occasion of the graduation of 150 participants in Kano on Friday, the Director-General, NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, said the training was aimed at upgrading the knowledge of the trainees.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the participants at the two weeks training in Kano were drawn from all the geo-political zones in the North.
Aliyu said that the training came at the time when there was the need to upgrade technicians in the country on how to handle the challenges of technology on modern heavy vehicles.
According to him, all the participants will be provided with empowerment tools and certificates to encourage them.
He said NADDC’s intervention was aimed at developing the capacities of heavy duty auto mechanics, auto electricians and other auto auxiliary services in Kano and other Northern states.
“In recent times, there have been outcry on the rising cases of road traffic crashes involving tankers, trailers and other heavy duty vehicles across the country with its attendant losses in human lives and property.
“The council, therefore, planned and conducted this skills upgrading for technicians working on such vehicles as part of the council’s contribution toward nipping the problem in the bud.
“With the completion of this training in Kano today, about 300 technicians drawn from the six geo-political zones are now better individuals with admirable skills in a very interesting and important sector which is the automotive sector.
“It is, therefore, with a deep sense of fulfillment that I felicitate with you for successfully completing this training,’’ Aliyu said.
According to him, it is important for everyone here, especially the graduating trainees to know that technology in the auto sector advances continually and at a very fast pace.
“Most heavy duty vehicles today are built with a lot of electronically-controlled systems. The only way to meet up with this advancement is training and re-training.
“I want to believe that this two-week training has helped in no smaller way to improve your knowledge of modern heavy duty vehicles, its components and maintenance,’’ he said.
Some of the participants commended the Federal Government for organising such training, saying it will go a long way toward boosting their knowledge on how to handle modern heavy vehicles.
Malam Abdulhadi Husaaini, a trainee, said the training came at the right time when technologies were improving in the world, giving assurance to make proper use of it.
Mr Godwin Ameh, another trainee, said that such a training should be organised every six months to help in reducing unemployment among the youth.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Adeleye Ajayi