Chinazor Megbolu |
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has launched the first Electric Vehicle (EV) Hyundai Kona, which is to be assembled in the country.
The governor, during the unveiling in Lagos on Friday, said he partners with business organisations in the State especially Stallion Automobile Company, which assembled the Kona Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in its VON Assembly Plant.
Sanwo-Olu also noted that this would lead to improved employment opportunities in Lagos State.
He further pointed out he was optimistic the launch of the electric vehicle would create more opportunities for teeming Nigerian youths and qualified personnels.
Sanwo-Olu maintained that the State government would create enabling environment for business to strive in Lagos.
He noted that the State government would collaborate with filling stations, eateries, sales points and other business organisations for charging ports for electric vehicles in the State.
Sanwo-Olu also commended the Stallion Group with the laudable innovation, saying that the new electric vehicles was the future of automobile industry not just in Nigeria, but across the world.
”I am happy that Stallion Group has turned around the VON Automobile plant. This place was moribund for several years, but Stallion has changed its story.
”We are creating youth employment, opportunities and new openings for our teeming youth with the unveiling of this innovation. The future I am seeing here is technology. This is the first Electric vehicle that will be assembled in our country. The government needs to partner with you for more job creation.
”I specifically want to commend Stallion for believing in Lagos and Nigeria. As a government, we will create enabling environment for your businesses to thrive,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Meanwhile, the Group Chief Executive Officer, Stallion Group, Mr. Manish Rohtagi, in his address said the company was happy to be the first to assemble electric vehicles in Nigeria.
He posited that its VON facility has the capacity to assemble over 200,000 units of vehicles yearly, promising that the firm would always be in the country.
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