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Jelani Aliyu Speaks at UNEP, Says Africa Needs Electric Mobility More Than Other Continents –

  • Jelani Aliyu was a guest speaker at a UNEP workshop presenting the activities and impact of the UN Global Fuel Economy Initiative in developing countries
  • The Die GD of the National Automotive Design and Development Council called on African countries and research institutes to promote and introduce electric vehicles.
  • The workshop also shared the experiences and practical examples from the participating countries on the topic Cleaner and more efficient fuels and policy development for electric vehicles

Nairobi – The Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC , Jelani Aliyu, has called on African countries and research institutes to promote and introduce electric vehicles.

Mr. Aliyu made the call on Wednesday, June 15 at a three-day workshop organized by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and held at the United Nations Africa Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to him, Africa needed electric mobility more than other parts of the world.

Delegates from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean attended the face-to-face workshop.< /p>

Aliyu said:

“The people of Africa themselves have an incredible heritage and history of rulership from the time of the builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza from Mansa Musa of Mali to the dreams, hopes and aspirations of modern Africans.

“These are dreams, hopes and aspirations that must be realized now in the lives of every man, woman and child on the continent to change positively at an aggressive pace.”

He said it was clear that there was a need for massive industrialization and transformation in Africa and that this must be achieved.

This, he said, must be done without destroying the continent’s environment, with the abundance of sustainable energy, electric mobility would be the unprecedented solution.

Mr. Discussing the journey and achievements so far in e-mobility in Nigeria, Aliyu added:

“We have set up a technical committee to work on it and a legal framework for promotion, roll-out, patronage and exploitation to create electric vehicles in Nigeria.

“This will further accelerate the development of electric mobility in the country.”

He announced that the Hyundai Kona EV was already assembled in Nigeria, and Jet Systems Motors has the Jet Mover Electric Van. Max E has developed an electric motorcycle and Phoenix Renewables is converting minibuses from petrol to electric.

He challenged the participants that the industry would not grow through imports alone, but through the development of its own grown technology.

He added:

“The future must be achieved through ubiquitous and sustainable industrialization, enabled by intelligent electric mobility in all relevant Nooks and crannies of Africa.”

Nigerian auto companies start exporting vehicles to Africa, says Aliyu

Recall that Mr. Aliyu previously had disclosed that various automotive companies in Nigeria are already producing/assembling world-class vehicles for export to African countries.

He made the disclosure while speaking to one of CNN’s Eleni Giokos moderated panel discussion at the recently concluded Intra-Africa Trade Fair, IATF, in Durban, South Africa.

The NADDC Director General reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to electric vehicles and the overall increase in local Vehicle production both for the country itself and for export to other African countries.

Nigeria is moving into the manufacture of electric and gas-powered vehicles, says Aliyu

During the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Aliyu told the world that Nigeria was making progress towards realizing electric and gas vehicle manufacturing.

According to According to the NADDC Director General, the assembly of electric vehicles by the Hyundai Kona EV and the assembly of OMAA CNG AutoGas-powered minibuses by a division of KOJO Motors are testaments to the efforts the country is making in this direction.

< p class="align-left">Mr. Aliyu also stressed that Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind as nations around the world advance technologically.