Activities in the auto industry deserve more attention than it is receiving. Jabez Aina-Scott, publisher, On Wheels magazine and convener of The Nigerian Auto Awards, TNAA, expressed this view while introducing the participants for the upcoming seventh edition of the award. According to him, the public could constitute a pressure group to influence developments in the automobile sector, especially in relation to expansion and job creation.
Aina-Scott disclosed that the event is annually choreographed to take care of varied interests that will galvanise the public to pay the desired attention. “In 2011, a beauty queen was crowned Miss Automobile and this has kept the public interest in the event on high tempo. It will be a good advantage therefore if other important issues on the industry can sustain such public interest,” he said.
The convener revealed that the awards committee, which includes carefully selected men and women of integrity with knowledge and experience in the auto industry, have been saddled with the onerous task of picking eventual winners from the numerous nominations received from the public. He disclosed that the award is in three main categories – auto support services, tyre and automobiles.
Like previous editions, the award will recognise astute managers of men and women who have distinguished themselves in all aspects of the industry. Their individual and collective roles towards resuscitation of manufacturing and job creation, ensuring product penetration, diversification and versatility, innovation and after-sales services, not forgetting brand building, would be considered. The award, he said, is also designed to encourage and reward good corporate governance, creativity, customer satisfaction, innovation, market leadership and management integrity in the Nigerian auto industry.