By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
GOVERNOR Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was in excitement as he drove for the first time, maiden Nigeria electric car , describing it as a cultural revolution that would positively affect the lifestyles and life chances of Nigerians.
” It shows a cultural revolution is in the offing to generally affect the lifestyles and life chances of Nigerians.”
The Director -General , NADDC, Jelani Aliyu is the architect of the technological revolutionary turning point and breakthrough.
The Sokoto born and erstwhile America’s General Motors is the proud designer of 2004 Pontiac G6 and 2010 Chevrolet Volt.
The car is part of items on exhibition at the ongoing National Trade and Exhibition Fair organised by Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states holding in Sokoto.
Tambuwal while making the observation on Friday in Sokoto at the unveiling of the first Nigerian assembled electric car by the Jelani -led NADDC notes that as global scientific achievements push towards zero use of fossil oil, the country is going to have many similar technological breakthroughs.
” The electric car would revolutionize the way homes are made and kept, roads are built and managed alongside the evolution of many other material culture, thus , would generally affect the people’s lives.”
Accordingly, the governor appealed to the federal government to take appropriate measures towards exploiting the potentials of Sokoto State in order to support the diversification of the state and federal government economy into the future.
Hitherto, while reeling out some of the economic potentials the state is blessed with, Tambuwal emphasized the availability of solid minerals and agricultural prospects, both of which if boosted, could support the local and national economy.
” The FG should pay more attention to these sectors as much of the world is moving away from dependence on hydrocarbons for their economic sustenance and the drive to meet the economic needs of respective countries.
Further acknowledging the technological innovation and break-through, Tambuwal maintained that” this the first time in my life , driving an electric car. I commended the initiative of the NADDC and thanked the Director General for the Council’s participation in the trade fair. The presence of the car will attract a lot of investment to the state and the sub-region”, he said as he took cue from Jelani’s brief on the new car which he described and its technology as interesting and environment-friendly while noting that ” it is also cheaper in terms of maintenance.”
The governor remarked ” Kudos for being a great ambassador of the state at home and abroad”, assuring that the state government will do everything humanly possible to support whatever Jelani’s initiatives offer for the benefit of humanity.
Tambuwal further gave a pass mark to the federal government for supporting him and ensuring the country was not left behind in developmental innovations especially in car manufacturing and other undertakings.