By Augustine Aminu
Global auto maker, Nissan, said it will significantly increase its investments in Nigeria and increase its vehicles manufacturing and production in the country.
The company said it will also begin to work more closely with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), in order to create more skills and jobs opening for Nigerians that are interested in going into automotive design and development industry.
These revelations were parts of the commitment of the company, following the meeting held with the NADDC led by its Director General, Mr. Jelani Aliyu at the Nissan’s Headquarters in Lagos.
The global auto maker said it is in full support of the NADDC’s plans and committed bid to make Nigeria the automotive design and development epicentre of Africa.
This latest initiative, according to industry stakeholders, is coming even as NADDC reinforces its efforts at creating more skills and job opportunities for Nigerians through its auto test centres located in various parts of the county.
Nissan’s Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East and India, Mr. Peyman Kargar said the company, through its partner, Stallion Motors has pledged its commitment to make more significant investments in Nigeria automotive sector.
He said the Nissan vehicles assembly plant which already covers over 380 hectares in Lagos, and produces four vehicles brands including patrol, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), Almeria Sedan Urban Mini buses and Pick-up trucks.
On his part, Jelani said NADDC is also working with other global automobile manufacturers, including BMW, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen towards setting up operations to produce brand new ones right here in Nigeria, thereby employing thousands of Nigerians in the process.
He further disclosed that NADDC has structured the National Automotive Industrial Development Plan in full support of local automotive manufacturing, and is continuously and actively working with relevant stakeholders to provide a vehicle financing scheme so Nigerians won’t have to put down 100% cash when buying new cars.