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National Automotive Design And Development Council

We are dedicated to developing the Nigerian automotive industry, by recommending incentives and protective measures for the industry. Council also, supports the establishment and operations of automotive assembly plants and component manufacturers, ensuring that the highest standards are met. Additionally, we establish referral auto-test centers, offering essential technical support services to the automotive sub-sector. Our mission includes, advocating for the development and production of crucial raw materials such as sheet metal, alloys, and special steel, contributing to the growth of the automotive industry in Nigeria.

Committed to the growth of Nigeria's automotive industry.

VISION: Positioning Nigeria as one of the leading automotive manufacturing nations in the world.

Our History and Establishment

The National Automotive Design and Development Council was formed by Act no. 83 of 30th May 2014….

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Policy Planning Services

The Council has created and is still creating policies and plans in pursuits of its mandate

Auto Industry Research and Development

The Council supports research work aimed at advancing the frontiers of technological development in the sub-sector.

Industrial Infrastructure

The Council has a mandate to promote technical skills and infrastructure development in the automotive sector in the country

Local Automotive Components

Local Automotive Components / Parts Development Fund: A major factor that has militated against the development of the sub-sector

Automotive Testing and Standards

The Council is setting up three (3) test Centres located at Enugu, Lagos and Zaria with various objectives

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Workshops: Organize workshops on strategies to combat challenges in the Nigerian Automotive Industry.

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Automotive Development Fund (ADF)

The NADDC-ADF is a fund managed by Bank of Industry (BOI), to support the automotive industry entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Many members of the Nigeria Automotive Manufacturers Association (NAMA) have benefited from the fund. Please click HERE to access the requirements and procedure of accessing the loan.



Licensing Requirements

With the recent approval of the New National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) by the Federal Executive Council, the requirements for the licensing of automotive assemblers have been updated. Please click HERE for the updated document.

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The National Automotive Design and Development Council was formed by Act no. 83 of 30th May 2014 from the merger of the National Automotive Council and the Centre for Automotive Design and Development as a Parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.


Our mission is to design and implement policies, programmes and strategies for an effective, competitive and diversified private sector led industrialisation process.

To position Nigeria as one of the leading automotive manufacturing nations in the world.

To create an enabling environment for the manufacture of Nigerian made vehicles of international standards at competitive prices using local human and material resources.

Policy Planning Services

Revised National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP)

To achieve a globally competitive automotive ecosystem that serves the domestic and export market, delivers sustainable value for the Nigerian Economy and all stakeholders while enabling the future of mobility.

To drive the realization of the Vision for the Nigerian automotive sector, through the five key development targets identified as imperative:

  1. Growth of vehicle production to 200,000 units
  2. Transition from SKD to CKD/CBU mode of manufacturing
  3. Increase in the local content of assembled vehicles to 40%
  4. Increase in employment in the Automotive Value Chain
  5. Attainment of Electric Vehicle Production of 30% of local production
  6. One new bonafide manufacturer/assembler status license was recommended for the grant of new Assemblers status.
  7. Manufacturer/Assembler’s licenses were also recommended for revalidation and other are under processes after assessment visits during the period under review (Jan-June 2023).

Automotive Development Fund ( ADF)

The Department had meeting with Bank of Industry (BOI) on loan defaulter and modalities of their recovery, for further process to the genuine and value adding ventures.

Memo on monitoring and evaluation on ADF loan beneficiaries and other Council projects were raised and processed.

For effective lunch of Vehicle Finance Scheme, the Department has raised a memo for the training of ADF Committee members on Credit Management and Collection of Receivables: Methods and Apparatus” on the component and vehicle financing in Nigeria. .

Local Content Development in Nigeria

With respect to the automotive industry, local content is the value addition that is done during vehicle assembly where Completely Knocked Down parts, CKD, are used for assembly. These parts are joined, welded, primed and painted. In addition to the above, the local components that are fabricated/sourced from indigenous companies are also added to the list of local content. Labour that is put into the assembly operations is also local content.

Council is planning to hold a strong automotive component producers’ interaction with Industry on;

  • Contribution/development of local Content,
  • Supporting components manufacturers to develop components,
  • Determining items that have competitive advantage in producing and factoring same in Local content map.

The NADDC will support deletion of the components through import discouraging policies and tariff.

Vehicle Finance scheme

Meeting with Bank of Industry in an effort to interfacing with the bank on Vehicle Financing for the roll-out of the scheme, to create market for locally assembled vehicles

End of Life  Vehicles

End-of-life vehicles (ELVs) are motor vehicles that are categorized as waste, generally due to age or accident. End-of-life vehicles (ELV) have become a global concern as automobiles ownership is increasing globally. In 2018, National Bureau of statistics (NBS) reported that Nigeria had about 11.8 million vehicles on the road, and this number is increasing because of our large population, which is a huge resource for secondary raw materials (such as metals) for Nigeria. The management of ELVs is of vital importance for environmental conservation, circular economy, and sustainable development. With Nigeria’s growing population of over 200 million, largest economy in West Africa, and per capita income of $2,097 currently, which are decreasing compared to previous years, most Nigerians opt for used cars which is what they can afford. In addition, tighter legislations in developed countries, lack of infrastructure, and cheaper labour also makes developing countries a destination for End-of-Life vehicles. These factors contribute to making Nigeria an important destination for used vehicles, even vehicles that are imported into neighboring countries are re-imported to Nigeria. Some of the used vehicles imported are near End-of Life or non-functional, however, these vehicles are of value as a source of used parts, scrap material and other materials, Nigeria imports large numbers of new and used vehicles on the average, Nigeria imports over 600,000 vehicles yearly in the early 2000s, these translate to large quantity of both metal and non-metal scraps resources when the vehicles reach end-of life.


  1. Creation of 40,000 direct and indirect jobs in Nigeria.
  2. Recycling of over 140,000 tons of ferrous and non-ferrous metals annually.
  • Recycling of over 2million used tyres annually.
  1. Recycle millions of litters of used engine oil annually.
  2. Generate over 100 billion in annual revenue from the sector.
  3. Protect the environment from hazards and
  • Keep the roads and highways safer.


  1. Formulation of a draft ELV Regulation by NADDC, the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative (REDIN) and Federal Ministry of Justice.
  2. Partnership and technical support on the ELV with United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO)
  3. Conducted a Baseline Study of ELVs Recycling in Nigeria

Auto Industry Research and Development

The Local Content Development Programme is one of the core programmes of the department where Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Vehicle component manufacturers are encouraged and mandated through policies to improve on the local content development and gradually shift from Semi Knocked Down (SKD) to Completely Knocked Down (CKD) parts. This would boost indigenous local manufacturing and improve human capital development.

The Department has held various meetings with the OEMs and component manufacturers for the purpose of component deletion. The process for component deletion especially plastics, foams, rubber components etc., has commenced and its being vigorously pursued.

Also, a working Committee on Automotive Local Content Development Programme has been set up in the Council to steer the mandate of the RD&D department. This Committee met recently at the Council’s head office, Abuja to discuss and plan for the proposed industrial visit to the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with the aim of collaborating with the OEMs to increase the percentage of locally manufactured components in order to encourage the component deletion programme of the Council.

Some of the basic information that are needed from the OEMs are the type of products being produced, installed capacity and possibility of expansion, products’ quality, sources of raw materials and cost of their products amongst others

The Council has done software capacity building training programmes on two software for automotive component design and development. The softwares are: SolidWorks (3D CAD software) and Midas NFX (CAE/FEA, analysis software). The training has been carried out in the six geo-political zones of the country from February 2021 to February 2023. The training was conducted on selected Nigerian graduates in the following disciplines Mechanical, Electrical, Agricultural, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.

The SolidWorks software capacity building training was carried out in South-East, South-West and North-East geo-political zones of the federation. Participants from some of the automotive assembly plants in Nigeria also participated in the training. The Midas NFX software capacity building training was carried out in North-West, South-South, and North Central/FCT geo-political zones with similar categories of people for the Solidworks training. A total of 125 participants have been trained so far. The beneficiaries of these programmes are either self-employed, employers of labour and would also be used to design and develop products for the Council.

Just recently, a one-week refresher in-house train the Trainer on the use of 3D design software such as SOLIDWORS was conducted for the Engineers at the Design Studio of the Council in Zaria Office. The SolidWorks vendor’s representative and his team (instructors) conducted the training for the staff of the Council. Two engineers from the following departments of the Council’s Zaria office; Research, Design and Development (RD&D), Testing and Standards (T&S) and Vehicle Electrification (VE) department were trained in the train the trainer workshop.

The Council has initiated an idea to design and develop an Extreme Terrain Medical Platform (ETMP) that will serve as a mobile clinic in the rural areas to attend to patients that are at far distances to medical facilities. The concept design of the ETMP has been completed and its construction has been sourced out to a consultant who has the requisite facilities to build the prototype in Nigeria under the supervision of the Council’s Engineers.

The chassis frame of the ETMP has been developed, independent suspension systems have been fabricated and attached to the chassis frame. The drive line assembly is also on-going.

The next phase on the ETMP projects is to carry out the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on the chassis frame, fabrication of the body with the use of composite materials, fabrication of the space frame, Analysis of the space frame with FEA, assembly of the body panels, electrical and electronics connections and test driving of the ETMP.

Due to the challenges being faced by the peasant farmers who cultivates less than two (2) hectares of farm land in Nigeria, the Council initiated an idea to design and develop a Solar Recharge Electric Single Axle Tractor (SRESAT) to serve as an alternative to the traditional manual farm implements for cultivating and harrowing of farm lands. This will also help a family of five to ten (5 – 10) people to charge their phones and other electrical appliances at home when the facility is idle at night.

Council is hoping to produce the first prototype of the SRESAT in collaboration with the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) team. A blueprint of the design would be developed. Thereafter, similar copies of the prototype would be produced in collaboration with other selected universities in the six-geopolitical zones of the country.

As part of the progressive development of the Council in the area of prototyping developments, the Mark II series developed by the Council in time past with an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) are being converted to electric vehicles. The vehicle is portable and is meant to serve as an alternative to the tricycles currently plying the Nigerian roads. The essence is to improve on the safety and efficiency. Though, it would run on four (4) wheels for better stability.

The Council has acquired some CNC machines namely; Plasma Cutting, AMMCO Brake Disc Lathe, CNC Drilling and Milling, Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) and Vertical Machining Centre (VMC) machines.

All these CNC machines have been installed and some staff have been trained on their elementary operations; and advanced training on the use of the machines would commence soon. These CNC machines will serve as a captive facility.

In this era of advanced technology, printing of designed models has been made easier instead of producing them manually. In order to speed up the production of prototypes, the Council has acquired a 3D Makerbot printer to fast track her activities. The machine has been installed and currently being used. Though it has size limitation, there is a plan to acquire a much bigger size printer that can print over 1,000 mm in length, breath and height of models.

Digital technology has improved life and reverse engineering activities in the Council have been tremendously leveraged. The Council has acquired a 3D scanner to enhance its reverse engineering activities. Two (2) staff attended the train the trainer workshop in Germany and have since impacted other staff with the skill on the usage of the machine.

Industrial Infrastructure

Construction of 21 Automotive Training Centres (ATC) across the Six Geo Political Zones.

The Council in its bid to promote technical skills and infrastructure development in the automotive sector in the country, embarked on the construction of Twenty-One (21) automotive training centres across the six geo-political zones located in Zamfara, Sokoto, Ado- Ekiti, Ikorodu- Lagos, Osogbo, Lokoja, Abakaliki, Yobe, Kebbi, Gombe, Bauchi, Katsina, Kano, Abia, Ogun, Akwa-Ibom among others. Although some of them have been completed, a few are still on-going, under the supervision of engineers from the department.

Development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Instructional Manual

Government is driving the shift  of the use of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) commonly referred to as petrol and diesel respectively in the automotive industry to cleaner and more environmentally friendly fuels. The inability of our mechanics to understand and repair these new generation vehicles in the country today, prompted the Council to commission a study on mechanic’s skill-gap analysis i.e. the difference between available know-how and the requirements of modern automobile maintenance and repairs in Nigeria. These findings further informed the Council to develop, in collaboration with other stakeholders, National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Conversion, Calibration and Maintenance of Auto Gas-Powered Vehicles in Nigeria and National Occupational Standards for Electric Vehicle Repairs and Maintenance in Nigeria in line with the current realities in the industry and to fit into National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) for Nigeria.

The process for the validation of the NOS by industry practitioners and approval by the regulatory authority is ongoing. When this is achieved it would be used to train auto technicians on the conversion, repair and maintenance of gas-powered vehicles as well as repair and maintenance of electric vehicles.

Specialized Technical Trainings

In the bid to tackle the challenges posed by dearth of modern technical skills in the automotive sector, the Council has been conducting skills upgrade and capacity building trainings. The trainings usually code-named “training on the repair and maintenance of heavy duty vehicles/tractors and specialized mechatronics training for auto technicians/youths”. The nesxt phase of the training is currently being planned and this is billed to commence in the next quarter.

Review of the Curriculum for the Award of Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Engineering

Having developed a Curriculum for teaching of automotive engineering with the Nigerian Universities Commission, plans are on for the review of the curriculum to update it in line with current realities.

. Electric Vehicles (EV) Charging Stations

In furtherance of government’s desire to encourage research and development in EV technology in Nigerian universities, three additional Solar powered EV Charging stations projects are on –going in the following Universities; Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, University of Ilorin and Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun.


Procurement and Installation of Auto Mechatronic Equipment and Tools for Automotive Training Centres

On the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), NADDC have awarded the contract for the supply of automotive mechatronics diagnostic equipment for seven (7) auto skills training Centre and three (3) service hubs. Equipment for these centres have been supplied in their respective locations. Currently, installation of equipment/tools is on- going in four (4) of the Centres, under the supervision of the department.

The Sector Skill Council (SSC)

The Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the automotive industry was inaugurated in 2016 and has its secretariat at NADDC. It currently is involved in the following;

  1. Development of operational standards for the auto industry.
  2. It is also responsible for the accreditation of automotive training centre.
  3. Performs monitoring and evaluation on automotive training to ensure compliance to established standards.
Institutional Support to stakeholders and relevant organisations

The Council regurlarly participates in various conferences and events of relevant of professional bodies, organistions and stakeholders such as the Nigerian Automotve Manufacturers Association, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Council for the Regulation of Engineering (COREN). Also, Trade Association such as National Automotive Technicians Association (NATA), Motor Mechanic Technicians Association of Nigeria (MOMTAN).

Local Automotive Components

Local Automotive Components / Parts Development Fund:

A major factor that has militated against the development of the sub-sector has been inadequate capitalization and funding. Apart from working capital requirements, a lot of forex is needed because currently more than 70% of the sector’s material inputs are imported. The current high interest rate charged by commercial banks makes long-term loans unattractive.

Applications of over #10.00 billion has been received from 63 companies since inception in 2004. They have been assesses and passed to the Bank of Industry for further financial assessments before final loan approval and disbursement. # 9.98 billion has been disbursed to 27 companies. Loan application of # 2.2 billion by 12 companies is under consideration.

Automotive Testing and Standards

The Council is setting up Three (3) test Centres located at Enugu, Lagos and Zaria with the objectives to ensure safety and health of Nigerians, development of local content, ensure good operations and maintenance of Nigerian vehicles and Obtain capability to conduct homologation tests. These Test Centres are at their different stages of completion namely;

    • Automotive components test Centre, Enugu
    • Automotive Emission test Centre, Lagos
    • Automotive materials/vehicle evaluation test Centre, Zaria

Automotive Components Test Centre, Enugu

In this Centre, various auto components and sub-assemblies would be tested for compliance as per relevant safety road map.

So far the following have been achieved on the project

  • Complete delivery of Equipment and tools for Auto-component test.
  • Construction of 50,000 litres overhead-tank and 70,000 litres capacities surface tank for water storage at ninth mile to provide portable water for use at the Centre.
  • Procurement of a tank truck for transportation of water for operational use.

The following activities are soon to be completed on the project

  • Installation of delivered equipment and tools in September/October 2023.
  • AE/AFRAM to develop training package to include previous experience recommended for lab technicians and general operations.

Automotive Emission Test Centre, Lagos

Vehicles would be tested for compliance to relevant emission global standards.

The following have been achieved so far on the project

  • Complete supply of test equipment
  • Complete modification of civil works as recommended by the OEM.

Currently, the following activities are on-going

  • Development of a design and build system to aid the evacuation of excess energy that would be generated by the Dynos which entails, AC generative braking system, capacitor panels and integrated current component board for set-up conversion.
  • Continuous communication with the OEM for installation of the equipment, training and commissioning of the Centre

Automotive Materials/Vehicle Evaluation Test Centre, Zaria

This facility would enable us to conduct a wide range of tests on various automotive materials including metals, polymers and composites, the data generated from these tests would be used to inform decision regarding the design and production of vehicles and ultimately, to ensure the safety of occupants on our roads

Current activities at the centre include;

  • Installation of supplied material test equipment
  • Training of staff on basic operation skills of lot III& IV equipment.

So far, the following have been achieved on the project

  • 90% supply of the test Equipment to the Centre
  • Basic operation training on the installed lot IV equipment
  • Complete supply of ordered vehicle evaluation equipment according to the BoQ

The underlisted are soon to be achieved

  • Complete installation, training and commissioning of the Centre
  • Inhouse capacity building and training of staff

Public Relations

Press Coverage of NADDC Activities, Programme and Events
  • NADDC provides extensive press coverage, publicity, press releases, rejoinders and photographs of major activities in the automotive industry, both locally and internationally through various media. The coverage is published on platforms such as social media, newspapers, radio and television programmes. This enhances gives visibility of the  activities, trends and accomplishments in the automotive industry.
  • Participating in public hearings concerning the automotive industry.
  • Organizing press conferences, press interviews and monitoring media reports relating to the auto industry generally with a view to ensuring proper representation of facts about the automotive sub sector the economy.
Auto shows and Exhibitions

In line with its primary responsibility, which is to facilitate the production of components and automobiles of international standards by the Nigerian automotive industry, Council participates in auto exhibitions, motor shows, trade fairs and other public functions within and outside Nigeria. This includes the  major trade and auto fairs in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Kaduna and Port Harcourt respectively. This provides an avenue to enlighten members of the public on the policies, programmes and activities of the Council. The activities in these events include, but are not limited to the following;
<li>Displaying and promoting made in Nigeria automobiles as well as components.</li>
<li>Creating awareness on Council’s activities and achievements through sharing of information kits, roll up banners, signage and direct interaction with guests.</li>
<li>Attending to the enquiries of potential investors and collaborators by documenting their contact information.</li>
<li>Creating awareness on the major developments in the Nigeria Automotive Industry.</li>
<li>Explaining in details, the incentives provided in the New Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) to potential investors.</li>
<li>Encourage automobile users to patronize Made-in-Nigeria vehicles and parts as a way to boost consumption and invariably production.</li>
<li>Developing a feedback mechanism on public perception of the Council’s programmes and projects with a view to addressing them accordingly.</li>

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