Mr Jelani Aliyu, the Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) informed the Press of the Federal Government’s commitment to establish Automotive Industrial Parks in three states to promote local production of vehicles.
Aliyu made this known in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, the parks will be sited in Nnewi in Anambra, home to Innoson Motors, the first indigenous motor manufacturing firm in Nigeria, Ede in Osun State and Kaduna.
He said the programme was part of National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) five-point comprehensive programme aimed at promoting local production of vehicles.
“We are building three automotive industrial parks that will be comprehensive facilities where the necessary infrastructure will be provided and investors can easily come in and play.
“As the Federal Government is promoting local production of vehicles, key to that is creating the necessary environment, and we have done that with the automotive policy.
“We are working on making it easier and more advantageous to produce vehicles locally because we believe the difference must be created between vehicles built elsewhere and those built in Nigeria.
“When you built a vehicle in Nigeria, you are giving our youths jobs, empowering Nigerians and creating better life.
“But when you bring in a fully built vehicle, you are taking resources outside Nigeria and that is not adding much value to us our economy,” he said.
Although he did not give a specific date for the commencement of the project, he maintained that the agency is working with the ministries and private sector to Fastrack the commencement of the project this year.