The National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice President Kashim Shettima, on Thursday, brainstormed on the possibility of local manufacturing companies mass producing vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas, CNG, as their energy sourceCONTINUE READING>>>>>
The NEC meeting, comprising governors of the 36 states of the federation, tabled the issue for deliberation as a means of curtailing the impact of the government’s subsidy removal policy
Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, who briefed State House correspondents of this development, said open presentations were given by representatives of the National Automotive Design and Development Council on how the vehicle manufacturing companies can actualise it….. Continue Your Reading
Otti said, “As part of the inaugural National Economic Council meeting today, major focus was on the removal of petroleum subsidy and its implied removal of subsidy on foreign exchange, which has led to some convergence of some sort
The impact of these two actions is definitely increased prices. And that’s a way to solve the problem and reduce the shock, a presentation was made by the National Automotive Design and Development Council on the great things that are happening in the automotive industry. It was that about six states in the country, including Lagos, Ogun, Anambra, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna and Kano have benefited from the domestic production of vehicles or the assembly of vehicles by Nigerian companies operating in Nigeria.
“These companies include Innoson, Maikano, Dangote Peugeot, Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria, Stallion/Hyundai, Honda, Elizade/Toyota, Coscharis and Ford, Kojo Motors, Jet Systems Motors. At the moment, about 50,000 jobs have been created by this simple action of either assembling vehicles in Nigeria or producing them in Nigeria. A great feat is that some of these companies have gone into the manufacturing or assembly of electric vehicles and vehicles powered by CNG – Compressed Natural Gas. The impact of this is that the pressure on the price of petroleum products particularly PMS will be reduced. The more we use electric vehicles and CNG powered vehicleSome of the decisions that were taken include that legislative support will need to be given to these companies that are doing great things in Nigeria, it is important to underscore the point that the former president had made a commitment that by 2060 that Nigeria would join countries that will eliminate fossil fuel powered vehicles and move to electric vehicles in pursuit of the net zero emission that some of the countries in Europe, America and Asia have signed on to
“So if that must happen, then we need to ramp up the production of electric vehicles and CNG vehicles
“It is estimated that if we give legislative support to these companies, that about a million jobs from the 50,000 jobs that exist in that industry would be created. It was also suggested that the funding that is required by most of these vehicle manufacturers and assemblers shall be made available to them. So that we begin to reduce the dependence on PMS and other fossil fuel powered vehicles