Lagos, Nigeria -Caverton & NASENI signs MOU for drone assembly plant : Monday 19th January 2024 heralded another milestone in Caverton, as the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and Caverton Helicopters, an indigenous aviation and logistics company in Nigeria, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a drone assembly plant, a drone training school, and a service center for helicopters.
The signing of the agreement in Lagos, yesterday, by the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, NASENI, Mr Khalil Suleiman Halilu (KSH) and Chief Operating Officer of Caverton Offshore Support Group, Mr. Rotimi Makanjuola on behalf of both organizations, was the climax of the tour of some of Caverton Facilities; Caverton Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Caverton Aviation Training Center (CATC) and the Caverton Helicopters Ikeja Aircraft Manaintenance Hangar by the NASENI EVC/CEO.

In his remarks at the reception held in his honor, the NASENI Boss commended the management of the Caverton Group for their resilience in building a world class aviation and maritime brand that is contributing to the nation’s local content drive. In his own words Mr Khalil said,  “I am very inspired by what I have seen today. It is a testament to the can-do Nigerian spirit. From modest beginnings, you have built a successful business that continues to grow, and to adopt and deploy world-class technology, processes and talent to place Nigeria on the global aviation map.

“From your Aviation Training Centre (CATC), home to a Flight Simulator Training Device, to the Aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, to your helicopter and marine operations, everything we have seen here today has been state-of-the art. Caverton has truly built an aviation brand that is contributing to the prosperity and development of Nigeria, and that will stand the test of time.”

In his response and vote of thanks, the Chief Operating Officer for Caverton Group, Mr. Rotimi Makanjuola expressed his optimism that the partnership will deepen collaborations between the tow organizations. He said, “This is the second time they have been to our facility and they have seen changes, they have seen our capability especially in training, maintenance, and they have felt that now they are very serious about working with us and we are hoping that we will be able to work on a lot of areas, especially helicopters and aircrafts that are serviceable.”

The COO also gave insights into the upcoming UAV Solution; ” Right now, the NCAA is putting in regulations to ensure that all drones are licensed, certified and, for us, as a training organization, we believe that we need to take the bull by the horn. We need to set up a proper drone training facility. Obviously, we are talking about even the most basic drones. We need to have some sort of monitoring and experience to operate those drones. We have already started the process with the NCAA”