Nord Automobile Complex inside UNILAG main campus Akoka inaugurated, to assemble vehicles, make drones.
The Automotive Complex will not only make Nigerian-built cars but also make drones for commercial purposes.
Nord’s Automotive Complex houses a research and development center, automobile assembly plant, showroom and after-sales workshop.
A multi-billion Naira ultra-modern Automotive Complex built by Lagos-based automaker, Nord Automobiles in partnership with University of Lagos (UNILAG) was inaugurated on Thursday November 10th 2022.
The new Automotive Complex inside UNILAG main campus in Akoka, Yaba, houses a research and development center, automobile assembly plant, showroom and after-sales workshop.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony on Thursday, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, disclosed that the facility will not only make Nigerian-built cars but also make drones for commercial purposes.
He said :
“We are going to be manufacturing drones in this same place. They already have an agreement with the Nigerian Air Force.
“And I want us to know that our students will learn something new in this area of drones and other things that will come from this particular arrangement.”
Speaking further on the drone project, the Chief Executive Officer of Nord, Mr Oluwatobi Ajayi, said most of the components needed for the project are readily available in Nigeria.
“We also have Nord aerospace here. We designed the drones ourselves; nobody can shut us down; no country can shut us down because the software was designed here in Nigeria by young Nigerians,” he said.
Nord and University of Lagos (UNILAG) had in July, 2022 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up an automobile manufacturing and assembly hub at the main campus of the University of Lagos, in Akoka.
The mutually beneficial relationship will allow Nord Automobile Limited to offer “practical training of willing and qualified students of the school in the act of assembling of cars, repair, service and maintenance of automobiles.”