By Blessing Waziri, Abuja
The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, said the State Government is ready to partner and work with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), for the automotive development of Ondo State.
He said the state was willing to collaborate with the Council in several areas, including the provision of adequate skills for the youths of Ondo, saying the state has the what it takes to work with the Council and contribute significantly to the economy of Ondo and the nation in general.
Speaking in Abuja when he paid a working visit to the Director General of the NADDC, the deputy governor said the partnership will go a long way towards empowering the people of the state, while creating sustainable economic and job opportunities.
He commended the NADDC for working hard to make Nigeria the automotive hub for the continent, saying the state was willing to provide necessary support to see to the realization of the partnership with the NADDC.
The Deputy Governor reaffirmed that Ondo state is committed to the provision of land and all necessary support towards sustainable automotive projects in collaboration with the NADDC.
On his part while receiving the deputy governor, the Director General of NADDC, Jelani Aliyu (MFR), said NADDC’s collaboration with Ondo State will help to develop the automotive industry in the State and in turn further strengthen the nation’s automotive sector.
The potential joint ventures in automotive production and skills acquisition, the director general noted, will empower youth in the state and ensure a sustainable economic future.
According to him, the areas of discussion included three pronged collaborations between the NADDC, Ondo State Government and the private sector, which has already shown commitment to the development of the automotive industry.
The NADDC boss said the council will continue to develop and implement policies that will develop the automotive sector in Nigeria and put it on the global economic map.
According to Jelani Aliyu, the government through the NADDC is working to accelerate the process of gradual transition from the importation of used cars to the manufacture and distribution of new passenger vehicles, alongside providing a conducive legislative environment that will encourage the manufacturing of motor vehicles in Nigeria.