The Nigeria Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) on Thursday 8th of April, 2021, inaugurated the first electric car charging station in Nigeria, in Sokoto state.
according to NADDC, the pilot project was in collaboration with the Usman Danfodio University where the inauguration was made.
It will be recalled that on November 13, 2020, a memorable day in Nigerian automobile history, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu unveiled the first Nigerian electric car named Hyundai Kona.
On that day, “electric cars in Nigeria” became a possibility, the Stallion group launched the electric vehicle at the VON Automobiles Nigeria in Ojo, Lagos State where the car was manufactured.
While speaking about the event the Director-General of NADDC, Mr. Jelani Aliyu, said the inauguration marks a new beginning for Nigeria and will play a major role, in helping the government achieve sustainability. He said the project was part of the plan of the Nigerian government’s commitment to give Nigerians the best.
Our vision and mission at NADDC are not just to enable the production of vehicles in Nigeria but also to produce the best and most advanced vehicles in the country, Today we have inaugurated the 100% solar energy powered charging station in Nigeria.Mr Jelani Aliyu
Mr. Jelani went futher to expalian why the project was sited at sokoto, he said it was because of the harsh weather, he explained that the soskoto weateher is now a blessing as they can extract solar energy for charging electric cars in Nigeria.
Mr. Jelani Aliyu further said that the NADDC was partnering with three universities in Nigeria which include UDUS, the University of Lagos (UNILAG), and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), with the hope of advancing research in renewable energy.
He went further to say that the epileptic power supply in the country will soon be a thing of the past if Nigeria is determined to be fast-paced in the advancement of renewable energy. saying it’s possible for the Nigerian economy to be powered with renewable energy.
The Vice-Chancellor of UDUS, prof. Lawal Ibis, who was duly represented by his Deputy, Prof, Ibrahim Magawata, praised the inauguration and said it was historic. he hoped that collaboration with the right organizations will usher in some favorable results in the future, and hopefully Nigerians living in remote areas can rely on nature for the supply of their energy needs
The following are tweets from the official handle of NADDC