By Ebenezer Ishola
The Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu (MFR) has said Nigeria as signatory to the 2016 Paris Accord, must take the necessary steps at reducing its carbon footprint.
Aliyu said this can be done by adopting strategies and policies to mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases by vehicles, pointing out that the nation must adopt the usage of zero-emission vehicles.
Speaking at the 38th National Solar Energy Forum of the 3rd Professor A.S Sambo Annual Lecture Series, the NADDC director general said solar power could be leveraged upon to transform the nation’s transportation sector, and in turn enable unprecedented social and economic developments to all nooks and corners, and to all citizens of this nation.
He said the Council has started the journey of promoting the production of Electric Vehicles in the country, and working with stakeholders to deploy the technology in cars, SUVs and buses
According to the NADDC director general, the most effective strategy to achieve the implementation of these types of vehicles is the utilization of SOLAR POWER, a clean, absolutely renewable and abundant energy source in Nigeria. With Solar Power we can easily and sustainably power our cars, trucks.
“We as Nigerians, must personally and professionally commit ourselves to promoting electric vehicles and solar power in the nation’s transportation sector, and engage credible tertiary institutions in further studying and developing this technology for effective application in Nigeria.
“It is a huge development that NADDC has committed to collaborating with the Usman Dan Fodio University on an Electric Vehicle Pilot Program, to unleash the incredible technological creativity in our youth and add significant technological value to the lives of millions of our good citizens across the nation”, Jelani Aliyu added.