Nigerian House of Representatives is to engage the relevant stakeholders to design a 10–Year Action Plan to improve the research capabilities of the Nigerian tertiary institutions as part of measures to improve the country’s automobile industry.
The House also urged the government to adequately fund Institutions involved in research in the production of electric and solar cars in the country.
These were part of the resolutions contained in a motion adopted on the Need to Increase Funding for Innovation and Technology in Tertiary Education in Nigeria.
The sponsor of the motion, Mr. Babajimi Benson from Lagos State while presenting the motion acknowledged the recent invention of a five-seater electric car by a student of the University of Nigeria Nsuka with locally sourced materials.
Mr. Benson who described the research as essential to the economic and sustainable development of any nation believes that if tertiary institutions in the country are adequately funded, it could result in an industrial revolution.
He said that given the wanton environmental pollution and renewed campaign for a greener source of energy and transportation, any vehicle that is environmentally friendly and doesn’t emit toxic gasses should be encouraged.
Adopting the motion, the House mandated its Committees on Tertiary Education and Services, Land Transport, Environment and Science and Technology to engage the stakeholders, while the National Automotive Design and Development Council should design a plan to produce electric cars in commercial quantities for domestic use and export.