NAJA 2021: Know-how Electric Vehicles Stakeholders to Converge in Lagos for Auto Journalists’ Programme
By Justina Okpanku
The Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) has said they are ready to learn more about an important innovation in the transport sector. Electric vehicles (EVs) have been gaining ground in Europe and Americas as well as other countries with huge electric cars and bus markets. Some countries like Costa Rica has promoted EVs through Electric Transportation Law since the EVs contribute to zero emissions in the transport sector among other benefits.
Nigeria is at an early stage of electrifying its transport sector. Experts are giving their nods saying that there’s a critical window even though barriers remains for developing countries where charging infrastructure is insufficient. By the way, electric vehicles, using rechargeable batteries, are already available in the country. The onus is to have the stakeholders pushing the EVs to demonstrate their know how with the theme titled: “Migration to Electric Vehicles and Gas-powered Vehicles; Opportunities & Challenges for Nigeria.”
Industry gurus are expected at the training and capacity building programme which is schedule for Thursday, July 29, 2021.The training which will be taking place at Golden Tulip Hotel by Murtala Muhammed International Airport road, Lagos is expected to attract Jelani Aliyu (MFR), Director General, the National Automotive Design & Development Council (NADDC), who will declare the training open. Corp Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is the ‘Guest of Honour at the event. The organisers said the heavyweights in the road/auto sector have confirmed their attendance.
The list include the National Automotive Design & Development Council, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Coscharis Motors, Weststar and CFAO Motors. Others are Autochek Africa, OMAA and Jet Systems as well as Kojo Motors (Yutong) and the FRSC.
According to the event organisers, the one-day training programme is expected to educate Nigerians on what the global shift to electric and gas as an alternative to petrol is all about and the opportunities and challenges of such in the country.
The NADDC DG who has been on the driver’s seat of Nigeria’s new thinking towards the use of electric and gas to move vehicles and other automotives as a cheap alternative to fossil fuel, local auto assemblers of electric vehicles and gas-powered vehicles, is expected to give a presentation of their operations.
Stallion Motors, assemblers of the Hyundai Kona electric vehicle in Lagos, OMAA Global, assemblers of the OMAA gas-powered range of buses at Igbo-Ukwu in Anambra State and Jet Systems Limited, assemblers of the JetMover range buses that run on electric, will be on hand to make their presentations at the NAJA event.
It would be recalled that Ford Motors South Africa (FMCSA) in collaboration with Coscharis Motors, it’s local franchisee in Nigeria, was the lead sponsors of the first and second editions of NAJA training held in 2016 and 2017, while Nissan Motors South Africa (NMSA) followed. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org