Amebo-II: Made-in-Nigeria Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
The Federal Government yesterday demanded the maintenance of aircraft in Nigeria that would serve the entire West African sub-region. Acting Minister of Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, stated this in Kaduna at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) 41st graduation ceremony.
She said it would save a lot of money being spent in foreign exchange in the maintenance of the nation’s aircraft and boost manpower. The minister noted that the institute had transformed from a budding technical outfit to a centre of
excellence for aviation-related issues and the production of the much needed manpower for Nigeria’s aerospace industry.
“Permit me to state here that the forays of AFIT into unmanned aerial design and manufacture hold abundant potentials for the aerospace industry, not only in Nigeria but the entire West African sub-region. As you can see, there is nothing stopping us in Nigeria from being the maintenance hub of aircraft servicing in the West African sub-region and beyond,” she stated.
The minister stressed that an enabling Act which AFIT identified as one of its impediments to attainment of its desired height would soon commence, while expressing optimism that the National Assembly would do its best to see the Act through.