Mr Jelani Aliyu, the Director -General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDCD) commended University of Nigeria Nsukka for being the first to produce electric car in the country.
Aliyu made the commendation in Nsukka on Monday during the unveiling of a 5- seater Electric Car named’ Lion Ozumba 551″ produced by the Faculty of Engineering of the university.
He urged other universities in the country to emulate UNN desire in given serious attention to issues concerning innovations and technology in order to move the country to greater height.
He also commended UNN for the recent production of the gasification plant that uses organic waste to generate electricity.
Responding, Ozumba, said he was overwhelmed when he was invited to witness the unveiling of the electric car, which was initiated by his administration.
“When I came on board, I said we need innovation and technology to be at par with China, United States, Sweden and other developed countries of the world.
“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,” he said.
Earlier, the coordinator of UNN medtronic team that produced the car, Ozoemena Ani, affirmed that it was produced with 80 per cent local materials, adding that it would go 30 kilometres when fully charged.