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VIDEO: Vice President Osinbajo test drives Nigeria’s first locally assembled electric car

The Vice President drove the electric car alongside the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo; and Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has unveiled the first electric car assembled in Nigeria, among other locally manufactured products at the ongoing Made-in-Nigeria fair in Abuja.

At the exhibition, held at the Eagle Square, Osinbajo described the development as “fantastic”, adding that the making of the innovative car, Kona, was a showcase of what Nigeria could do.

The Vice President drove the electric car alongside the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo; and Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after a tour of the exhibition stands, Osinbajo said: “It was a very good drive. Fantastic! It just shows what is possible. I am glad to see that this is an assembled-in-Nigeria electric car. You can literally charge it anywhere.”

Other dignitaries at the event include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello; and his Information and Culture counterpart, Lai Mohammed.

After the exhibition, the VP also visited the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) headquarters where he inaugurated the National Traffic Radio, 107.1 FM.

Osinbajo described the radio as “an important and strategic initiative in several respects.

“The service will enable effective dissemination of relevant information on road safety and the provision of up-to-date information on road conditions, as well as traffic status and security to the public,” he said.

According to him, beyond the core objective of enhancing the operations of FRSC personnel, the radio station will also be useful in reaching far-flung areas for teaching and dissemination of public health advisories and general information to Nigerians.

He also featured in the station’s traffic report programme where he gave live traffic situation report across the country, particularly from areas in and around the FCT, Jos and Lagos.

“Good afternoon wherever you are in this great country. This is Yemi Osinbajo, your always ready, always accurate traffic reporter, updating you on the traffic situation across the nation.

He announced: “So, let’s go to the FCT. As of few minutes ago, the Keffi–Abuja inward section, traffic from Nyanya under bridge to Kugbo, towards the city centre is slightly free flowing, no impediments reported.”

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