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Real Sector: Auto manufacturers visit Tinubu, express commitment to revitalising industry

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*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu implores the visiting automotive manufacturers to produce highest quality, affordable vehicles for Nigerian consumers in a bid to complement his administration’s efforts at revitalising the industry in the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In furtherance of the Federal Government’s efforts at starting manufacturing of vehicles/ spare parts in Nigeria, Ms. Doris Uzoka-Anite, Honourable Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Friday, May 3, 2024, led a delegation of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers and Nigerian Automotive Manufacturers Association on a courtesy visit to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the State House, Abuja, FCT.

Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President, received the visiting delegation on behalf of President Tinubu.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, stated the delegation thanked the host for finding time to receive them.

They also pledged their commitment to the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration.

The Presidential Spokesman disclosed delegation consisted of the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC); representatives of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), as well as Executive Directors of Stallion Group, Toyota/CEAO and Nissan.

Ngelale also said the spokesperson of one of the associations noted that the purpose of the visit was to apprise President Tinubu of the efforts being made to start manufacturing vehicle/spare parts in Nigeria.

The statement noted: “They informed the Chief of Staff to the President that a legislative bill to drive the automotive industry was being drafted and reviewed by the Federal Ministry of Justice.

“They emphasised the need to develop the industry, which would create massive employment for Nigerian youths and ease the burden on the much-needed foreign exchange.”

Appreciating the delegation for the visit, Gbajabiamila assured them of the President’s commitment to Nigeria’s industrialisation as evidenced by all of the policies being implemented under his administration.

The President’s Chief of Staff also promised to assist in facilitating the speedy passage of the legislative bill.

He, however, implored that locally-manufactured vehicles should be of the highest quality that will stand the test of time and complement the Federal Government’s efforts in revitalising the industry, the statement noted.

Gbajabiamila urged the associations to consider production of affordable vehicles for all categories of Nigerians at “a time President Tinubu is set to provide consumer credit for millions of Nigerians to purchase vehicles and other important goods and services,” said Ngelale.

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