Nigeria begins production of surveillance drones

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In an effort to support the government in combatting banditry through technology, the indigenous company, Elite Group of Companies, has initiated the production of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, and other security equipment within Nigeria. This strategic move, resulting from an agreement with foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) partners, aims to curb capital outflow.

The Group Managing Director, David Adesanya, emphasized that the establishment of this assembly and production line is a significant milestone towards enhancing Nigeria’s security infrastructure, contributing to the modern manufacturing sector, and generating numerous socio-economic advantages for the continent.

The core objective of this initiative is to notably reduce the extended waiting times associated with foreign equipment manufacturers, as the company assembles and produces these drones locally.

This localization effort is poised to provide swift responses to the nation’s security challenges by offering a wide array of technology solutions for surveillance, reconnaissance, and other applications.

Furthermore, this endeavor is expected to create employment opportunities for the nation’s substantial unemployed youth population, thus contributing to a decrease in unemployment rates.

Anticipated benefits encompass not only strengthening Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but also enhancing foreign exchange earnings, with plans to export UAVs and drones to countries in need of these crucial security tools.


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