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Nigerian Government to Hold Made-in-Nigeria Motor Show

The federal government of Nigeria is planning an exhibition of locally assembled vehicles in October this year.

The board chairman, of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Senator Osita Izunaso made the disclosure recently during the commissioning of the NADDC’s solar-powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station at the University of Lagos (UNILAG)

According to Izunaso, staging a made-in-Nigeria motor fair will provide a forum for the nation’s vehicle assemblers’ show showcase them to the public.

“This is to enable stakeholders that lay claim that they assemble vehicles locally in Nigeria to prove it by showcasing them to the public,” he pointed out.

Following the revival of the automobile industry in 2014, during President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration, not less than 10 automobile assembly plants have sprung up in the country.

As of 2019, the year preceding the global ravage of COVID-19, not less than nine automobile brands were actively being assembled in the country. Indeed, following a Memorandum of Understanding it signed with the Volkswagen AG, the Federal government hinted that the company would soon be setting up an automobile hub in Nigeria.

But the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the delay in activating the National Automobile Industry Development Programme (NAIDP) bill, Nigeria’s auto industry has experienced a business lull, one of the reasons behind the low turnout recorded at the recently concluded Lagos Motor Fair.

Notwithstanding, information filtering to Motoring World from leading stakeholders of the nation’s auto industry is that if the federal goes ahead with its plan to hold an exhibition of the automobiles and auto components made or assembled in Nigeria, come October, the turn out will be better than that of the 15th edition of Lagos Motor Show.

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