The Principal Technical Assistant, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Olaoluwa Ogundipe has called on the Federal Government to adopt measures that would see the Ajaokuta Steel company functions at full capacity, stressing that the company already has lot of steel metal that could be used for automobile industry.
Ogundipe stated this in Abuja, highlighting that Ajaokuta if properly managed, could mark the nation’s advancement into auto technology and industrialization.
“If Ajaokuta steel is functioning, there is possibility that we get the raw materials needed for automobile industry instead of the scraps that are being used now.
“The steel company holds the future of auto industry in Nigeria because when we talk of auto, two things are involved which are the plastics or metals.
“So the company holds the metals and metals carry almost 70 per cent of vehicles apart from the interior,’’ he indicated further, stressing the need for training of the council’s staff for them to improve, in the area of research, saying that most of the workers did not have international training.
He added that the council needed fund for equipment to function at full capacity, even as he emphasized the importance of requisite political will if the Council would be able to carry out research and function properly.
He subsequently called for a law in the country that would make it compulsory for companies to use locally made products, adding such would make the council do better.