By Dayo Adesulu
LAGOS State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, in conjunction with the International College of Aeronautics and Aviation Studies has produced drones to boost the security operations in the state, the Rector, Mr Samuel Oluyinka Sogunro has said.
Sogunro who disclosed this during the institution’s pre-convocation press conference in Lagos said: “We have partnered the International College of Aeronautic and Aviation Studies to produce drones capable of securing the institution’s campus and the State.”
He said that if you get to SESA, you will see both the International College of Aeronautic Aviation and Laspotech building the drones which will be commissioned today.
According to him, there is going to be surveillance drones that will survey the entire Laspotech campus area, adding that the institution will extend it to the entire Lagos State as soon as they start building it with 70 per cent local content.
“By the time we built it with at least 70 per cent local content, then we will be able to go further and secure Lagos through the drones.”
He said: “If you go there now, you will see them constructing the drones. We can see the process that really, it is being built here. “It is a partnership thing and our students, staff and some departments are involved in the production. “Arts and design, engineering department and everything that will make the drones workable are employed into it, he said.
Sogunro who hinted that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will be at the convocation to commission those projects lamented that since the existence of the institution, no civilian governor has ever attended Laspotech’s convocation. “Governor Ambode will definitely brake the jinx,” he said.
According to the rector, the last time they had a governor who visited the institution was 27 years ago, and that was during the regime of governor Akhigbe as the military administrator of Lagos State visited the 40-year-old institution.
“We are going to Commission the school of technology complex of eight blocks. Three blocks have been completed and the fourth to be commissioned by the governor. We appeal to the governor to help complete the remaining ones,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Sogunro disclosed that Laspotech will this Thursday churns out 9,228 graduates with 273 students graduating with distinctions. Moreover, he said that while 1223 made upper credit, 5693 had lower credit, just as 2106 graduated with a pass.