The Director-General (DG) of the Nigeria Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu says Nigerians spent 8 billion dollars annually for the importation of vehicles from foreign countries.
This he says is exporting jobs to foreign nations at the detriment of Nigeria economy, growth, progress and development
Speaking in Sokoto during a MIDAS software Automotive design skills boot camp organised for talented youth with knowledge in Mechanical and software engineering selected from the seven states of the North-West geopolitical region, he says the youths are the hope of Nigeria.
He says this can change if the youth improve themselves by acquiring skills and embracing technological advancement. These skills will help transform areas of industrial design to solve the myriads of problems and challenges facing Nigeria
In addition, the DG says for Nigeria youth to be competitive and relevant, they must first believe in their ability. He added that they should have a strong conviction about the future and know that the future is secured. With the right kind of skills and ability targeting at solving the world challenges
Three persons each are selected from the seven states of the north-west geopolitical regions. They will be trained in mechanical and software engineering and other relevant skills for the pilot programme.
Furthermore, the aim of the training is to impact them with the right knowledge that will assist in maximising their talents. It will also help them to come up with innovations that can to solve global challenges in the automobile industry.