The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and the National Automotive Council (NAC) the two federal government-owned agencies will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would enable NAC to use part of SMEDAN’s Industrial Development Centre (IDC) land in Zaria to site an automotive test centre.
Speaking in a joint meeting between SMEDAN and NAC delegates, the Director-General of NAC, Engineer Aminu Jalal said the request is in line with the Council’s mandate to ensure that vehicles conform to safety and environmental standards.
He noted that the Centre would be made up of material and vehicle evaluation laboratory and an Office block stressing that an architectural design for this was presented to SMEDAN by NAC.
In his own speech, the Director-General (DG) of SMEDAN, Alhaji Muhammad Nadada Umar, said the Council’s request was a welcome idea. According to him, ever since the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry handed IDCs over to SMEDAN, on 13th of October, 2010, he had always wished they (IDCs) developed in the line of clusters economically, technologically and otherwise.
“We will do better when placed together with other sectors. The location of an automotive test centre, near SMEDAN, will go a long way in developing MSMEs. When you talk of MSME development, you talk of innovation, and innovation is brought about by technology,” he stated.
It was also agreed that SMEDAN team visit the Zaria IDC with an Architect, who would come out with a layout of the NAC centre inside of the SMEDAN IDC. The aim of the visit would be to know how NAC can comfortably fit in there.
The Director-General of SMEDAN, therefore suggested that a Joint Committee of SMEDAN and NAC be formed after the visit, to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in this regard. The Director-General of NAC was accompanied by the Council’s Director of Infrastructure, Engineer W.K. Odeforo.