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Nigeria looks to Japan for car recycling boost

Nigeria – Nigeria’s federal government has called on its Japanese counterpart to help in recycling the huge number of end-of-life vehicles dumped across the country, the local Daily Independent newspaper has reported. ‘For each new car in Nigeria, we have 20 used cars,’ states Nigeria’s permanent secretary Ambassador Abdulkadir Musa.

‘It is a big market to recycle vehicles in this country, which may serve as an avenue for employment and skills acquisition as well as an opportunity for manufacturers to replace used cars with new ones,’ noted Musa at a technical meeting involving officials from Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Nigeria is home to the largest population on the African continent (160 million) and used cars account for 95% of those in use, it was pointed out. A major point of discussion was the development of Automobile Supplier Parks in Nigeria – a project forming part of the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan that is intended to boost employment, skills acquisition and wealth in the nation’s automotive sector.

The intervention of the Japanese government would be ‘welcome’ in the bid to achieve better results, said Musa. The ministry was ready to work with Japan to provide ‘necessary support and information’. JICA is to conduct a survey of the automotive sector in Nigeria in response to a request from the Nigerian government.

Akihiro Shimomura, who is supervising the survey, said his team would factor in the general outline of Nigeria’s automotive industry, policy, strategy, standards, development of popular cars, supplier parks and clusters in three areas, as well as laws and regulations.

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