ABUJA — The Nigerian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Israeli and Japanese companies to commence the assembling and manufacturing of electric vehicles in Nigeria.
The agreement was signed by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) in partnership with the Israeli, Japanese and Nigerian companies on Thursday, in Abuja.
Israeli ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Freeman, said the partnership that will birth the manufacture of electronic motorcycles in Nigeria would help to address the transport and environmental challenges in the country.
“It is a project that is a partnership with Israeli, Japanese, and Nigerian companies taking place in Nigeria,” Mr. Freeman explained.
“What is special about this project is that it is a timely project that combines Israeli technologies, Japanese technologies, Nigerian entrepreneurship, and innovation together to create a project that is going to work fabulously.”
He added, “We are talking about bringing electronic motorcycles into Nigeria, which will be a programme that is green, environmentally friendly.
“It offers people a cheap and safe way of transport and even has the technology to ensure that the motorcycles are only used for legal and appropriate purposes.”
Ayal Raz, a representative of the Israeli company, Peramare Enterprise, noted that the “innovative idea” will “change so many things in the face of Nigeria”.
Sasi Shilo, SIXAI CEO and Japanese partner, said his company, beyond production, would be keen on supporting Nigeria to build a sustainable nation with clean and safe technologies.
Mohammed Haruna, NASENI executive vice-chairman, lauded the collaboration, which he said had come to stay and would be domesticated in Nigeria, adding that the country would witness the manufacturing of Nigerian-made electric vehicles with the project.
The project is expected to start in 2023.
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