The Nigerian Council on Automotive Design and Development (NADDC) has inaugurated the first charging station for electric vehicles in Nigeria, in the state of Sokoto.
NADDC noted that the pilot project, opened at Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUS), was also in collaboration with the institution.
In his address, the Director General of NADDC, Mr. Jelani Aliyu, said that the project is part of the federal government’s commitment to the best Nigeria that everyone wanted.
“This is the beginning of a new era for Nigeria because it marks the realization of the government’s desire to build sustainable technology in the country.
“Moreover, our vision and mission at NADDC is not only to enable the production of vehicles in Nigeria, but also to produce the best and most advanced technological vehicles in the country.
“Today we opened the first 100% solar charging station in Nigeria.
“The reason for choosing Sokot for the pilot project is given the harsh weather.
“However, such weather has become a blessing for us because we can pump and power our homes, offices and even for industrial consumption,” he said.
Aliyu further said that the NADDC is in partnership with three universities in the country that included UDUS, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), in hopes of advancing research in renewable energy.
“With the current development, Nigeria can supply its economy exclusively with renewable energy and until that is achieved, the challenges of power will become history in the country,” he added.
The Directorate General said it was an opportunity for institutions to use the best in research to enable them to devise more advanced technologies in the automotive industry.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of UDUS, prof. Lawal Bilbis, described the inauguration as a historical landmark for that institution, the state of Sokoto and Nigeria.
Bilbis, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administration, prof. Ibrahim Magawata, assured that the university will provide more joint measures so that the NADDC can realize the desired dreams.
“We hope that this cooperation will lead to favorable results that will enable Nigerians, even in remote villages, to rely on nature’s gift of energy,” he said.