King Kabiru Shotobi, of the city and local government area of Ikorodu in Lagos State, Nigeria, recently visited with representatives from Ausley Associates, Inc.—a leading company in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology—to discuss the benefits of UAS and the resources Ausley can provide to the people of Ikorodu.
Shotobi met with Ausley at the recommendation of Bob Brown, chief executive officer and founder of B&C International, a global business management consulting firm headquartered in High Point, N.C. Brown supported Shotobi through college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
During his stop in Lexington Park, Shotobi expressed the importance of security and protection for both his city (population: 700,000) and country and how UASs can fulfill that need.
“Security is of utmost importance to us,” said Shotobi. “We must ensure our oil and gas industry is protected, and we need advanced technology to support our military.”
“We are experts in unmanned aircraft logistics, and we have a network of industry partners who can bring these advanced technologies to Nigeria,” said Ausley President Paul Ausley.
“Ausley develops integrated systems to gather and analyze data from unmanned systems, resulting in solutions that meet the unique needs of our customers.” Ausley is no stranger to the needs in Africa. Ausley is working with the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) to enhance medical offerings in Ghana through the use of unmanned systems. As part of this project, Ausley will provide logistical support in building medical facilities to stop the spread of infectious diseases. Shotobi believes facilities such as these would also benefit his country.
“These facilities will be a great asset to Nigeria,” said Shotobi. “We do not want to wait for epidemics to occur—we want to have facilities on the ground and ready to assist as needed. In the meantime, these facilities can provide routine care for residents of Nigeria.”
During his travels in the United States, Shotobi visited North Carolina, Illinois and Georgia. In an interview with the Winston-Salem Journal, Shotobi said many people in his country lack the opportunity to have basic education and health care. “I have to believe that America can help my people,” he said. He met with university and business leaders in North Carolina to build relationships to help his city and country implement solar power and agricultural developments. Shotobi told the newspaper he could use these experts’ assistance and technical know-how to bring more opportunities to his city and country.