The Federal Government of Nigeria has entered into an agreement with Israeli, Japanese and Nigerian companies to begin assembling and manufacturing eco-friendly, green, electric and smart cars by 2023.
To this end, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Nigerian companies and companies from Israel and Japan.
Speaking about the initiative in Abuja over the weekend, Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria Michael Freeman said the partnership based on Israeli, Japanese and Nigerian technologies will help resolve Nigeria’s transportation and environmental sectors.
He stated: “It is a project that is a collaboration with Israeli, Japanese and Nigerian companies in Nigeria.
“The special thing about this project is that it is a current project that combines Israeli technologies, Japanese technologies, Nigerian entrepreneurship and innovation to create a project that is going to work great.
“We are talking about bringing electronic motorcycles to Nigeria, a program that is green and environmentally friendly.
“It provides people with a cheap and safe mode of transport and even has technology to ensure that the motorcycles are only used for legal and appropriate purposes.
“When we look at the problems in the world and also in Africa and Nigeria, we talk about fuel scarcity, we talk about green technology, we talk about the need to provide cleaner, cheaper and easier transportation.
“And here we are, with Israeli and Japanese companies working with Nigerian partners to provide cleaner, greener, newer, exciting technology that is expected to move people, populations across the country.
“I believe that a program that starts in Nigeria will be successful and go through Africa,” Freeman said.
NASENI Executive Vice-President Prof. Mohammed Haruna also noted that the cooperation will be permanent in the country.
He said this project in Nigeria will lead to the production of Nigeria-made electric vehicles in the near future.
The NASENI boss stated: “The first attempt to domesticate certain technologies in this country, especially in the auto industry, has not been successful with continuous imports.
“NASENI has now succeeded in this with the perfect partners, Japanese and Israeli companies, their technologies are proven and known.
“But the most important thing is that Nigeria is not just going to consume this technology, we are here to make sure that we domesticate, manufacture and manufacture in Nigeria.
“We are grateful and happy about this partnership and we assure Nigerians that the automotive industry will not be the same after this partnership.”
In his comment, the representative of the Israeli company Peramare Enterprise, Dr Ayal Raz, dismissed fears that Nigeria is not safe for investment.
He said: “With this innovative idea, we think so many things will change in the face of Nigeria.
“It will provide green energy, which means lower transportation costs and we all know what that means for our people.
“It will give people work, because it’s industry, we’re going to build a factory here, we’ll start assembling the building. It will give us less pollution and greener air.
“Nigeria is safe to do business and by the special grace of God it will come in the first quarter of 2023.”
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), SIXAI and Japanese partner, Mr. Sasi Shilo, also said that in addition to manufacturing, his company is eager to support Nigeria in building a sustainable nation with clean and safe technologies.
According to him: “It is a very exciting moment. We have been working in the automotive industry for about half a decade, we have certified factories in fourteen different countries.
“We really want to make a contribution to African countries with our technology. What we want to bring is not just to produce, but what we want to achieve is to support the African nation to be sustainable.”
Chairman, PAN Nigeria Limited, Hon. Wadada Aliyu, described the initiative as historic and a starting point for technological evolution in Nigeria, adding: “This is historic because Nigeria meets the order of the day, namely a green environment and memorable because NASENI has the ball rolling brought.
“This synergy between Israel, Japan, NASENI and PAN as a facility where the assembly will be done, I think the sky will be a starting point of technological evolution in Nigeria.”
The Managing Director, Linksman International Ltd, Mr. Madisca Haruna, explained that it is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Goal 7, which aims to improve international cooperation and improve access to research and technology in the field of to facilitate clean energy.
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