The University of Lagos says plans are on to collaborate with NORD Motors, an indigenous automobile outfit, for the manufacture of drones on its campus in Akoka.
Recall that the university had on July 14, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the automobile company for the assembling of a vehicle plant and construction of a state-of-the-art showroom on its campus.
The partnership is to further drive research among staff and students, especially those in Engineering, with first hand knowledge in the manufacturing of vehicles.
Speaking on the new development, Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development Services) of the institution, said it was another positive step in the right direction by the university.
She told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.
Atsenuwa said that the evolving trends in teaching, learning and research in the university, remained a key area of focus of the current management, led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
“Everything that will provide opportunity for our researchers, students to have practical learning engagement, always brings complete fulfillment to us, because it will be seen that we are actually delivering on our mandate.
“As we have continued to interact with NORD Motors, we came to the understanding and knowledge that it is also involved in the manufacture of drones.
“Already, it is doing that within the country and we were able to get its commitment that it could also manufacture it here on our campus, and of course, make our students major actors on this.
“Don’t forget that we will also look at the entrepreneurship aspect, as it is also meant to generate income from this partnership,” the professor of Public Law stated.
She noted that the development would see the manufacturing of drones, not just for the university’s security needs, but the public at large.
Atsenuwa said it would also generate IGR, as well as create a platform for students to use the entire process as study tools.
She also gave an update on the establishment of the assembly plant for vehicles by NORD Motors.
Atsenuwa said that work had already commenced on site, in the institution.
“We have just gone around to see what was going on at the site here on our premises and we have seen the construction of the building that will house the showroom.