About us

The National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) is one of NITDA’s special purpose vehicles created to promote research and development on emerging technologies and their practical application in areas of Nigerian national interest. The centre, a state-of-the-art facility, along with its modern digital fabrication laboratory (FabLab), was commissioned on November 13th, 2020 by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. It is co-located in the same building complex with the Office for Nigerian Digital Innovation (ONDI), at No. 790 Cadastral Zone, Wuye District, Abuja.

NCAIR as a digital innovation and research facility is focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics and Drones, Internet of Things (IoT), and other emerging technologies, aimed at transforming the Nigerian digital economy, in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS). NCAIR is also focused on creating a thriving ecosystem for innovation-driven entrepreneurship (IDE), job creation, and national development.


To accelerate research and development of innovative digital technologies in Nigeria, enable collaboration and build an enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship in emerging digital technologies.


To foster the development of Nigeria's digital ecosystem through research and innovation in emerging technologies.


To create an ethical workspace to foster research that drives digital innovation in emerging technologies.

Core Values


We strive to create unique solutions, push technological boundaries, and consistently establish new frontiers in digital technologies


We strive to minimize the negative impact on the environment and to ensure that sustainability is at the heart of our operations, strategy, and long-term vision

Cutting-edge Research

Our research challenges existing processes to produce quality contributions to knowledge

People and Society

Our approach is people-centric. We treat people with respect; we provide an environment for personal development; we build meaningful individual and organizational relationships, and we work for national interest.

Cooperation and Collaboration

We build valuable public-private sector networks across multiple industries; and we provide a platform to link ideas and opportunities