University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has produced the very first electric car in Nigeria. This was confirmed by the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu, at a ceremony held to unveil the 5-seater electric car which was manufactured by the Engineering Faculty of the University called “Lion Ozumba 551.”
The NADDC boss, represented by Mr David Oyetunji, commended the institution for achieving such a milestone, and called on other academic institutions to emulate them in bringing about developmental strides in the country.
Highlighting the importance of the innovation, Jelani stated that developments in the automobile industry would create employment opportunities in the nation, keeping people gainfully employed. In the long run, it will help the country to save some money which would have been spent on importing vehicles.
“NADDC on Feb. 6, invited UNN, University of Lagos, Usman Dan Fodio University and Metrological Institute and urged them to prepare a paper design on how to produce electric car in the country. The council is happy that UNN is the first to prepare a paper design and produced electrical car that has been unveiled and test-run today in the university. We urge other universities and higher institutions in the country to emulate innovation and technology spirit of UNN.”
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Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Professor Charles Igwe, expressed the commitment of his administration to drive innovation in the institution in order to foster growth. He appreciated the immediate Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Benjamin Ozumba, for charting the course of technology in the University.
“I commend the Engineering Faculty for making the university proud and naming the car after Ozumba, who ignited the fire of innovation and technology in the university.”
The Vice Chancellor also commended the NADDC for encouraging the University and celebrating its potentials.
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