The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) is to collaborate with the Katsina State Government, North West Nigeria, to set up a modern Automobile Mechanic Village in the state.
The Governor of the state, Mr Bello Masari during the Design Presentation of the Automobile Mechanic Village said there is a need for the project because transportation is the backbone of any economy.
He also spoke on the need for policies to be put in place to stop the importation of worn out vehicles into the country to avoid accidents on the Nigerian roads.
“You spoke about the issue of training but there are more areas that your agency can come in. The youths are all over the country. You can only train somebody who is trainable; that means you can only train somebody who has an educational foundation.
”There are so many areas you can look into to see how you can help states to develop the kind of manpower that would be suitable”, he stated.
The Governor also urged the Council to involve other states government in the project to improve the country’s transportation sector.
Speaking earlier, the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Mr Jelan Aliyu, stated that in diversifying the economy away from oil, the Council plays a strong role because of its capabilities of creating direct and indirect jobs.
On Auto Policy, he said: “this is a set of physical incentives to promote local production as opposed to bringing in vehicles from overseas, the auto policy has just come out of National Assembly and all we are waiting for now is the President’s assent for it to become a law and once that happens, big companies like Volkswagen that we signed an MoU with last year are ready to come in and invest big time; so also is Nissan and other big players.
“What is also being done is to stop smuggling, all land borders have been closed. All vehicles now have to come through the ports which ensures that only legitimate vehicles would be allowed into the country.
“We are building our data repository; any vehicle that comes into Nigeria through Lagos would be imputed into that data base”.
Mr Aliyu noted that the council was ready to collaborate with the state to create a world class mechanic village and also get the right expertise in terms of training by sending students to advanced countries to get trained on new technologies.
“NADDC also gives out loan to companies that are setting up so far we have given out loans total 11billion Naira to about 36 companies and to show that they are doing well about 20 companies have repaid their loan of 7billion Naira,” he added.
Amaka E. Nliam