President Goodluck Jonathan said on Thursday that the vision of his administration to revamp the capability of Nigeria’s automobile sector to export locally manufactured cars is near realisation.
Jonathan stated this at the 2014 Democracy Day celebration held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Jonathan, who inspected locally assembled Nissan Saloon cars, Pick-Up Van and SUV at the venue of the programme, said the administration had proved doubting Thomas wrong.
The president explained that when he made the disclosure in 2013 that made-in-Nigeria cars would be rolled out in the country in April and that Nigeria would soon be exporting cars, he was lampooned on the pages of newspapers.
He commended Nissan Group for keying into the new automotive policy of the federal government and urged other multinational auto companies to take a cue from Nissan.
The President also used the occasion to present his administration’s third anniversary report of the transformation agenda.
The report gave the accounts of the administration’s stewardship in every sector of the economy in the last one year.
Jonathan said the report, which was also rendered in multimedia video clip to the audience, authenticated that things are working in the country inspite of security challenges.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the administration’s mid-year score card was presented by the President during the 2013 Democracy Day celebration.
NAN reported the 2014 Democracy Day celebration was dedicated to the Nigeria Youth.
The event was attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Maryam Aloma Mukhtar, Ministers and members of Diomatic Corps.
The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme and former Chief of General Staff, Gen. Oladipo Diya also attended the event. [NAN]