National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) said the country’s auto industry now has capacity to build at least 408,870 vehicles yearly.
Also the automotive manufacturing companies in Nigeria made over N360 billion investments into the country’s economy in the year 2019 according the Council said.
The Council also noted that the companies such as; Peugeot, Honda, Mitsubishi vehicle manufacturers, Innoson, among others created employment for about 4,782 Nigerians. Director-general, National Automotive Design and Development (NADDC), Jelani Aliyu, revealed this yesterday at the review of the Nigerian Automotive Policy Bill & Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) in Abuja.
Aliyu also said the NADDC has a N5billion vehicle finance arrangement that would enable Nigerians purchase new cars and repay the loan at agreed terms. Explaining further, he said Nigerians can now put down 10 per cent of the value of cars they want to buy and spread payments for over five years, adding that this arrangement has been concluded with some selected banks in the country with the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He therefore urged the stakeholders to come up with recommen dations that would be captured in the proposed new NAIDP bill to be forwarded to the national assembly for passage.
Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, while making the opening declaration of the meeting disclose part of efforts on the part of the federal government to implement the Nigerian Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (NIRP), the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) was approved to transform the country’s automotive industry landscape and attract investment into the sector.
Adebayo, who expressed concern that automobiles and automotive components importation into the country gulped about $8 billion, said this would not continue any longer. He, therefore, charged participants to work as a team and come up with better recommendation that could be put forward as concrete plan or bill to reverse the present trend. The chairman of the NADDC board, Senator Osita Izunaso, during his remarks said the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) 2014-2024 was designed to ensure growth and sustained development of the auto industry in Nigeria.
He therefore urged the participants to come up with relevant recommendations that could be put together and passed to the national assembly. Izunaso said, ‘’This meeting organised by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMIT) in conjunction with the National Automotive Design and Development Council brings together all actors in the Nigerian automotive industry to discuss and review of the efforts put in getting the Auto Policy Bill passed by the 8th National Assembly but couldn’t get Presidential assent due to observed short comings.’’