2020 Auto News Research

DEBAYO-DOHERTY: With Effective Automotive Policy, Nigeria Can Become Africa’s Automobile Hub

Seventy years after the Mandilas Group berthed in the Nigerian market with the provision of a wide range of first-class internationally renowned products and services, the group has evolved over time and currently operates under two divisions namely – Mobility and Cooling. Between the 1950s when the company introduced the Volkswagen brand with distributorship links to other global auto brands such as Audi, Peugeot, Nissan, Daihatsu, Honda, Kia, and Skoda, it has since become a household name in the Nigerian automobile industry. Currently, one of the leading Toyota accredited dealers in Nigeria, with its subsidiary – Mandilas Aircon Division, maintaining the exclusive distributor rights of the Carrier range of Air-conditioners. As stakeholders in the Group serenade the joy of the 70th anniversary of the legendary brand, its Group Chief Executive Officer, Ola Debayo-Doherty, takes Raheem Akingbolu, through the journey of the group in the last seven decades, touching on its strengths and transformation agenda, which is hinged on strategic alliances and care for the future. Debayo-Doherty, the first African and woman to attain the GCEO’s position since the group started operations 70 years ago, also speaks on the potential of the nation’s automobile industry and the need for government to create an enabling environment with proactive automotive policy that would position Nigerian market as the hub of automobile in Africa.

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