The chairman/CEO, NORD Automobile, Mr Oluwatobi Ajayi, has said the Nord Automobile Hub in the University of Lagos represents an era in fulfilling Nigerians’ dreams of having their personal cars at an affordable rate.
Briefing newsmen in Lagos, Ajayi said the hub comprises manufacturing, assembling, showroom, after-sales service and research and development centre.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commissioned the project last week commending the university and NORD Automobile for setting up the hub.
He described the hub as a giant idea that will have a great impact on automobile engineering in the country.
The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Dr (Mrs) Lola Akande, said the platform reinforces the administration’s desire for youths to have dignified living through decent jobs.
“The unique location will not only give room for employment to students of engineering and allied fields but will also help them acquire practical training in auto engineering,” he said.
The Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the hub is a demonstration of the abundant mental and innovative energy of the youth, adding that is what the nation needs at this time.
Commenting, Ajayi said: “I will call this hub an end-to-end assembling complex. Nigerians pay so much for vehicles because we do not produce them here. To get affordable vehicles, we have to have a nationalistic view of things, and we have to start with industrial production.”