Experts to examine road transport, auto industry challenges

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Experts are set to scrutinize the challenges that the nation’s road transportation business and the automotive industry face with mindset of proffering solutions.

The organizers of the 2018 Nigerian Auto Awards in a statement said that the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboyemi Oyeyemi, and the Director General of the Nigerian National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, would pilot the exercise.

According to the Organizing Committee Chairman, Mr. Moses Ebosele, the 2018 NAJA Awards, scheduled for December 13, in Lagos, will not only acknowledge and reward excellence in the auto industry in the last one year but will also affordopportunity for critical stakeholders in the sector to exchange ideas on the way forward.

Also,the Chairman of NAJA, Mike Ochonma, said it would also showcase the best in the automotive industry.

He said, “The NAJA Awards, over the years, has been recognized as the authentic bastion when it comes to recognising the best players in the Nigerian automotive industry. I can assure you, the 2018 edition will not be less as our professionals are already compiling votes in all categories of the awards.

“The award is the local version of the traditional global automotive industry award conducted by motoring journalists in different countries and regional markets of the world to recognize the achievements of industry operators in different categories and across segments and vehicle categories. Car-of-The-Year, which is the highpoint of the event, is a very competitive segment designed to honour outstanding automobile model of the year under review.”

However, Ebosele explained that while Oyeyemi was expected to provide background information and statistics on the activities of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) in maintaining sanity on Nigerian roads, Aliyu as head of government agency responsible for supervising the auto industry, would be giving insights into the nation’s automobile industry.

Other categories of awards, according to the statement, are Luxury Car of the Year, Heavy Duty Truck of The Year, Auto Plant of the Year, CEO Of The Year, Auto Personality Of The Year and CSR Company Of The Year, Pick-up of the Year and Showroom of the Year.

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