The Nigerian Government through one of its Diaspora led agency in the country is benefiting with its meritous example and capacity as it flagged off the 2020 Argungu Festival Automobile Rally with various locally manufactured and assembled vehicles in the country a first in Africa.
Representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the special occasion was Mr. Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture. The President said the efforts of his administration is to boost locally and made in Nigeria products and most especially showcase the Nigeria’s automotive industry.
President Muhammadu Buhari also said the nation’s tourism sector holds huge potential for the economy.
The President expressed his readiness to develop the sector as well as the automotive industry which is capable of generating billions of dollars annually to the country’s coffers.
“The Federal Government will continue to give the necessary support for the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival and all other festivals in the country in a bid to boost tourism.
“We are committed to diversifying the economy through industrialisation and tourism,” he said.
Over 20 luxury vehicles assembled in Nigeria have been lined up for the epic 800 kilometers journey to Argungu in Kebbi state from Abuja to Nigeria’s capital.
In his welcome address, the Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr Jelani Aliyu, said the agency would not relent in its efforts of working with relevant stakeholders to develop Nigeria’s automotive industry in line with international best practice.
While commending the support of the present administration which has seen a robust growth in the Nigerian automotive sector, the NADDC boss said the array of locally produced vehicles for the motor rally testified to the success story being recorded in the sector.
“The locally manufactured and assembled vehicles to be used for this year’s festival is a confirmation of the zeal to drive industrialisation through innovation in the auto sector,” Jelani said.
Also speaking, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, said the motor rally would cut across five states before reaching Argungu, its final destination on Friday.
He explained that the festival which was halted due to insecurity challenges is now back and better with the indigenous assembled motor rally which constitute one of the 16 items of the celebration.
On his part, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, said the motor rally would go a long way in promoting Nigeria’s Automotive industry.
“I am delighted to participate at this morning’s flag-off of the 2020 Argungu Motor Rally, which showcases the ruggedness and reliability of our locally-assembled vehicles to both local and international audiences,” the minister said.