The Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development, NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, has begun talks with an automobile firm for the production of solar-powered tractors in Nigeria.
The partnership was signed on the sidelines of the Electric Vehicle Innovation Summit, EVIS, which took place from 23 to 25 May, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Mr Aliyu disclosed that the vehicles when manufactured locally would be made available to farmers at a subsidized rate.
According to him, the development will promote food production and sufficiency in the country.
Mr Aliyu, who participated as a Panelist during the summit, discussed the Nigerian current achievements in the automotive industry, including its strong potential in the sector across the African continent.
The summit brought together researchers, engineers, government officials, and EV-related companies and institutions from around the world to explore and discuss the technical, policy and market achievements and potentials in e-mobility.
The director-general also paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Dansatta-Rimi.
While thanking Mr Aliyu for the visit, the Ambassador acknowledged the good work the director-general was doing in developing the automotive industry in the country.
The Ambassador, therefore, urged Mr Aliyu to continue with his efforts in making Nigeria Africa’s epi-center for automobile production.