The National Agency for Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (the National Agency for Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (NASENI) has revealed that the federal government, with the aim of unlocking the opportunities in the automotive sector as well as the potentials of the industry manufacturing in Nigeria, will soon unveil the state-of-the-art Automotive Suppliers Industrial Park (ASIP) in Kaduna State.
NASENI in a statement signed by its Chief Information Officer, Obiorah Ekwuazi Chinyere, also revealed that the federal government has planned to develop industrial parks for the automotive sector in three areas of the country, Nnewi (Anambra State), Osogbo (Osun State) and Igabi (Kaduna State) revealed that the Federal Government, in a bid to unlock the opportunities in the automotive sector as well as the potentials of the manufacturing industry in Nigeria, will soon unveil the Industrial Park of state-of-the-art automotive suppliers. (ASIP) in Kaduna State.
The ASIP initiative is in line with the concept of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, which proposed to establish pilot centers in three locations across the country for technological advancement in the automotive sector.
The project is also in line with NASENI’s mandate for primary and intermediate investment products, necessary for the design, manufacture and mass production of machinery and equipment to provide an enabling environment for industrialization. sustainability of the country.
Briefing the evaluation team earlier on the project progress report, the Managing Director/General Manager of Hydraulic Equipment Development Institute (HEDI), Kano, one of the development institutes of NASENI , Prof. Abdulmalik Onuwe said that a special note was sponsored by HEDI for the development of ASIP in Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State in 2020 which received attention and l approved by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in 2021 as part of a special intervention investment credit and has therefore been funded and has started implementation.
According to him, the project aims to unlock opportunities in the automotive sector as well as potentials in the manufacturing industry to create jobs and skilled labor in the region and in sub-Saharan Africa and save the country’s foreign exchange spent. for the import of vehicles and spare parts. .
“Furthermore, it will provide the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company with the necessary support for the production of armored vehicles.”
Regarding the construction of the project, he said that the site covers more than 501,342.5 square meters (m2) of land, including the information and communication technology center, the administrative block, the outlet of spare parts for automotive sales and the NASENI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence.
Speaking at the site, the Planning and Business Development (PBD) Coordination Director, NASENI and the Chairman of the NASENI Project Commissioning Standing Committee, who led the assessment team on the project site in Kaduna, Mrs. Noyem Onyechi, congratulated the project manager and the contractors on the progress made so far.
She however advised the contractors to speed up the progress of the work as the President has given instructions that he wants to commission it before handing it over to the new government.
Further, in his remarks, NASENI Purchasing Manager Dr. Mohammed A. Mohammed said that it was necessary for the contractor to organize the workers to work concurrently to limit the initial targets given for the contract. completion of the work.
During the team’s tour, Professor Abdulmalik said that the new target given to the contractors is achievable as everything needed for the job will soon be procured.
He explained that the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) buildings are at the heart of the project. The committee expressed its satisfaction with the current project, but added that the workers would have to work shifts to meet up with the two weeks granted to them for the new visit of the committee.
At the end of the inspections, Dr. Mohammed requested that the technical committees be brought to the site once a week to inspect the works.
The ASIP includes ICT buildings, the advanced manufacturing technology workshop NASENI Center of Excellence, freight stations, auto parts and service outlets, and an underground passage among other buildings.
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