Today, Friday, May 31, 2024, history will be made as President Bola Tinubu commissions the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Kia Portland facility for Kia Hybrid andCompressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicles in Utako, Abuja.

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The facility is set to become a hub for Kia Hybrid and CNG Conversion, Filling, Reverse Engineering, and Training services, just as it is seen as a significant step towards advancing automotive technology and sustainability in the country.

The landmark event will signify a major milestone in supporting the Federal Government’s Renewed Hope Agenda. This initiative is also seen as a dedication to sustainable energy alternatives and a clean energy ecosystem.

In a move to boost local capacity in CNG technology, the new centre is equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by highly trained professionals. It will offer comprehensive training programmes for technicians, engineers, and other stakeholders, fostering the domestication of CNG expertise and promoting green energy solutions across the nation.

Managing Director of Dana Motors, Jacky Hathiramani, lauds this development as a groundbreaking moment for Nigeria’s energy and automotive sectors. He emphasizes Kia’s dedication to providing Nigerians with innovative, eco-friendly, and cost-effective automotive solutions.

Recognizing the transformative potential of CNG vehicles in public transportation, he said “our aim is to improve the overall quality of life for Nigerians. From CNG Generators to the Conversion Centre, Electric Vehicle Charging System, Auto Conversion, and the Training Academy, this facility embodies a holistic approach to alternative energy solutions. This initiative is poised to substantially contribute to cleaner air, a healthier environment, and a commitment to sustainable innovation while fostering the growth of indigenous technological and manufacturing capabilities.”

Jacky further said, “Dana Motors has been at the forefront of providing innovative automotive solutions to the Nigerian market since its inception. Since we started assembly operations in 2014, where we have an installed capacity of assembling 18,000 units annually, our commitment to local content and job creation has been unwavering. Together, we strive for excellence in providing top-notch products and services to our customers”.