By Bukar Bolori
Nigerians are to have the pleasure of having electronic motorbikes as Isreali and Japanese tech companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with NASENI PAN to assemble them in the country by the first quarter of 2023.
The Isreali Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Freeman at the official launch and signing of the MoU on the introduction of electronic motorcycles into the Nigerian market by 2023 on Thursday in Abuja, said: “Today we are launching a real exciting project, a project that is a partnership between isreali and Japanese companies taking place in Nigeria.
“The project is timely because it will create a project that will work for Nigeria. We are talking bringing in electric motorcycles into Nigeria which will be a programme of green environment, cheaper way of transport, safer way of transport, it even has within it a technology that can help ensure that the motorcycles are only used for legal and appropriate means.
“Launching of electronic mobile motor cycles with devices that can detect illegal activities. Here we have isreali and Japanese tech companies with Nigerian entrepreneurs.”
The Executive Vice Chairman NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna said, “We are the technology house of Nigeria, in the past, attempts to domesticate certain technologies in this country especially the automobile industry has not worked.
“NASENI has come into this partnership; Nigeria will not just be consuming this technology; we are here to ensure that we domesticate, produce and manufacture in Nigeria. We are Nigerians that after this collaboration the automobile industry will never be the same again.”
Chairman PAN, Ahmed Aliyu, said, “This day is historic and memorable because NASSENI has set the ball rolling, technically NASENI has been ingenious. It has opened up the technological environment in Nigeria. And this partnership between Israel, Japan, NASENI with PAN as a facility where the assembling will be done.
The Chief Executive Officer of Wichtec, Chido Nwankwo, “If you look at what is happening all over the world right now you see that energy has become an issue. And this technology will go a long way to ease off the cost of movement and our duty is to take it to other parts of Africa.”
Chief Innovating Officer, Musashi Seimitsu, Toshihisa Otsika, “We been working for automobiles for the past 40 decades and we want to contribute to the African economy. What we want to achieve is to make Africa self sustainable through our product.”
Director of Paramera, Ayul Faz, “We believe this is going to change so many things in Nigeria, it will improve transportation, greener energy and create jobs because we are going to build and assembly plant here in Nigeria”
Collins Igwe, a representative of Heritage bank said, “We are very happy that they are bringing a technology that is not currently in this part of the world and we are very happy and hopeful that it will create jobs.”
Deputy CEO of SIXAI, Sasi Shilo, in his contribution said, “Our vision is to solve problems in the technology ecosystems. We plan to bring technology that will improve the finance service and reduce air pollution in Africa.”