The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Israeli as well as Japanese companies to begin the assembling and manufacturing of environmentally friendly, green, electric and smart automobiles.
The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) entered into the partnership with the Israeli, Japanese and Nigerian companies in Abuja last Thursday.
Executive Vice Chairman, NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, said the project, which the agency aims to actualise in 2023, would culminate in the production of Nigerian made electrical vehicles in the nearest future.
Haruna, who lamented that the first attempt to domesticate certain technologies in the country, especially in the automobile industry had not worked resulting in continuous importation, however, lauded the current collaboration, which he said had come to stay.
He gave the assurance that the project would be domesticated in the country.
His words: “NASENI has come into this now with the perfect partners. The technologies of Japanese and Israeli companies are proven and known.
“But most importantly, Nigeria will not just be consuming this technology; we are here to make sure that we domesticate, produce and manufacture in Nigeria.
“We are grateful and we are happy with this collaboration and we assure Nigerians that the automobile industry after this collaboration will not be the same again.”
In his remarks, Isreali Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Freeman, expressed confidence that the combination of Israeli, Japanese and Nigerian technologies would help address the many challenges affecting the transport and environmental sectors in the country.