Robert Azibaola’s Zeetin Engineering to Produce Electric Cars, Heavy-Duty Equipment in Nigeria

Robert Azibaola’s Zeetin Engineering to Produce Electric Cars, Heavy-Duty Equipment in Nigeria

  • Robert Azibaola., lawyer and entrepreneur, who has passion for science and precision engineering is working to produce electric cars in Nigeria
  • Beyond producing electric cars, his engineering outfit is also aiming at producing dozers, excavators, hydraulic parts, tanks e.t.c
  • To celebrate his achievements, the Nigerian Society of Engineers will recognise him with an honourary investiture in December 2021

FCT, Abuja - Nigerian lawyer, Robert Azibaola, has set up a multi-billion naira factory in the Idu Industrial area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to produce electric cars.

Azibaola, the owner of construction giant, Kakatar Group, has now set up Zeetin Engineering, a precision engineering outfit that focuses on all types of metal works of high-end engineering.

Robert Azibaola
Azibaola speaking to journalists after a tour of the facility. Photo credit: Zeetin
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It has acquired and installed the most sophisticated production machines (CNCs, Plasmas, 5Axis Milling, Lathes, etc) in the metal works industry in Nigeria.

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Speaking to journalists on Thursday, November 26 at the facility, Azibaola, said:

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“We are expecting our partners from Turkey who are coming in soon. We have been designing electric cars and the prototype has been produced in Turkey and driven. Once they come in, we will be able to look at the machines and see how we can produce them here.
“So, we are looking at an electric car. But, as I told you, we are doing heavy-duty industry. We should be able to produce dozers, excavators, hydraulic parts, tanks. All these things we will be able to do.”

He also said he has been able to invest his personal funds totaling about N3.5 billion in setting up the place.

His words:

“So far, I have done N3.5billion or more. Some of the machines were bought before the exchange rate skyrocketed. I don't want to out it at the exchange rate of today. The land belongs to us, it was not allocated to us. We bought it from a third party and we are developing it.

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“We have got offers from the Bank of Industry. Thye have given us an offer to give us N2.5billiobn. Also, Nexim Bank is also working on an application for N2.5billion. The banks are ready to partner with us, but we have not received any cash from any bank so far.”

In terms of creating jobs, he said:

“It will be an incubator for harnessing talents for youths. We have a partner called Solid Works which is one of the biggest 3D software manufacturers.
“They are going to partner with us for the training of youths to be able to design their own products. Once a youth is able to design the product, we will bring it to reality.
“Other industries will come out from this industry. For instance, we are not going to supply metals to ourselves. People have to be producing the metals. We don't have to have a warehouse, that itself is a burden.

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“Big factories in the world don't keep inventories. They produce and you take. So, if you go to Toyota, they don't produce a car and keep, their dealers take the products. But, their warehouses are spread across the globe.
“So, we are not going to be supplying most of our raw materials. We will not be doing things like bolt and nut, spanners and all. We are going to focus on the big tickets. The ripple effect is so enormous.
“We are also talking about inspiring people. Once we are able to achieve something and do it, and it is progressive, there is going to be that inspiration that we catalyse other people to also start.”

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