Nissan Motors South Africa has indicated its decision to support the annual Nigeria’s auto capacity building programme as part of measures to speed up the development of the nation’s automotive sector and the nation’s economy.
Nissan was named as the lead sponsor of this year’s edition of the event holding in Lagos on July 26 along with the Nigeria Automotive Design and Development Council, Toyota Nigeria Limited, the Federal Road Safety Corps, Weststar Associates Nigeria Limited, Massillia Motors, PAN Nigeria Limited and the Infinity Group.
A statement by the organisers of the event, Naja, reported the Managing Director of Stallion NMN in Nigeria, Parvir Singh, as saying that the sponsorship was strategic to Nissan as training and skills development formed part of the organisation’s ethos.
He said, “The most important thing to understand about Africa is that it is not one country. At Nissan, we’ve learned how important it is to build relationships with customers. Nigeria is important for us because it’s a significant market and it has a large population poised for growth.
“Skills development is one of Nissan’s core strengths and is fundamental to how we continuously improve our business. We do not only look at improving as an organisation but place great emphasis on training and capacity building for our stakeholders.”
The event, according to the statement, will offer a unique opportunity for journalists reporting the motoring industry to be acquainted with the technical knowledge of the automotive sector, according to the organisers.
“It would be recalled that the annual training programme which aims to refresh and enrich the wealth of experience of the motoring journalists’ reportorial skills in the country was sponsored by Ford Motors Company South Africa in 2016 and 2017 under its ‘Driving skill for life programme. Coscharis Motors is the representative of Ford in Nigeria,” Naja stated.
It quoted the Chairman of Naja, Frank Kintum, as saying the training would offer auto journalists in Nigeria the opportunity to improve their knowledge about the industry, as well as provide a platform for exchange of ideas between the industry players and the journalists.
The Managing Director, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Kunle Ade-Ojo, it stated, would present a paper on ‘Achieving the lifespan of your engine and maximum benefit from your car air-conditioning system’.
It added that the issue of tyre specification and the Nigeria’s experience would be handled by the Corp Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi.