[dropcap]L[/dropcap]agos State government has urged the nation’s auto industry to increase efforts towards rolling out vehicles that are fully made in Nigeria.
Lagos State commissioner for Transport, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi made the call recently, while delivering a goodwill message during Nigeria Auto Journalists Association award night held at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Elegushi called on Stakeholders in the auto industry to commence a process of investing in automotive local contents that will enable Nigerians to have car that can be said to be fully made in the country.
He said: “As we celebrate and bestow honours, we will like to state that it is pertinent for us to begin to invest in the Nigerian car. We are long overdue for such.
” While we import most cars as FBUs, SKDs or CKDS,” he stressed, “we must now commence a process of investing in building local content into them.
He said Nigeria Auto Journalist are eminently placed to champion the cause for a full Nigerian car.
Recalling what he described as positive contributions of Nigeria Auto Journalists, when the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) commenced the campaign for Speed Limiting Device, Elegushi urged journalists to continue to sensitize the public on issues that will lead to innovation and development of the sector.
He stated further: ”We as a government look forward to a concerted effort on your part to sensitize our people as to safety on roads, the right of other road users, restriction of Okada from plying highways, the menace of high capacity haulage vehicles on our roads and other such issues that have bedeviled our effort at moving traffic forward in Lagos State.
“We love to see you talk about improvement in public transportation system, encourage people to reduce the use of private cars in favour of public transportation as we move ahead with series of innovations and improvements.”
Lagos Transportation Commissioner urged all stakeholders in the auto industry to key into Lagos State Government transformation agenda for transportation system.
”The present administration in Lagos State,” he assured,” is willing and ready to partner any serious individual and corporate body, who wish to contribute and add value to the industry.”
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