The Engineering Faculty of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has successfully unveiled its first five-seater electric car made with eighty per cent locally-sourced materials which could make a movement of 30-kilometer distance when fully charged.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Charles Igwe, stated that the vehicle was part of the drive to accord innovation and technology in the highest attention to reposition the institution for greater heights.
He as well commended the former VC of the university, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, who he said laid the foundation for innovation and technology upon which the dream car was made to come into realization.
“I feel happy that I inherited a strong institution from Ozumba and I promised to consolidate on his achievements,” Prof. Igwe stated.
Mr. Jelani Aliyu, Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), also applauded the institution for the feat, urging other tertiary institutions in the country to give priority to technology and innovation.
The DG, who was represented by the Director of Finance and Accounts, David Oyetunji, said improving on the automobile industry in the country would help create more employment and reduce huge amount of money used to importing cars into the country.
He also commended UNN for the recent production of the gasification plant that uses organic waste to generate electricity.
Responding, Prof. Igwe said he was overwhelmed when he was invited to witness the unveiling of the electric car, which was initiated by his administration.
“That was why I provided the resources and encouragement for innovation and technology, because I believe that is one of the ways we can improve our country’s economy.
“It was part of my desire to improve UNN’s and Nigeria’s economy and boost the country’s foreign exchange earnings,” the VCstated.