I need Nigerian made helicopter before I handover — Buhari

Written by on January 10, 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari has given a fresh challenge to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the Airforce Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna to complete work on the ongoing manufacturing of the first Nigerian-made Helicopter before the end of his administration.

The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna disclosed this at AFIT Kaduna when he led a team of NASENI  Staff on a visit to the site of NASENI’s new Aeronautics and Air Vehicle Development Institute(AAVDI) located in AFIT which houses the Made in Nigeria Helicopter project.

According to Prof Haruna, President Buhari looked forward to a formal launch of the Helicopter before May 29 2023 which marks the end of the present administration.

The visit was for site take over, design and to strategize the commencement of construction work to fast track the take-off of the project.

According to Professor Haruna the project intended to unlock the opportunities in the auto sector as well as potential in the manufacturing industry with a view of creating employment, and skilled labour in this region and sub-Saharan Africa. It is expected to earn the country foreign exchange and stop the importation of vehicle spare parts.

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