Innovation – Unizik Students Make Mini Bus From Local Materials

When it comes to technological innovations, Nigerian is no where to be found. Most of the inventions we use today are majorly done in the United States of America, most countries in Europe, China and recently India. Nigeria needs to rise up to catch with most nations of the world that are developing into a world power. The time for Nigeria to look inwards is now. We have all the resources, both human and material, to be great.

To ensure that Nigeria is counted among automobile manufacturers in Africa and even the world, an industrialist, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, chairman of Innoson Group of Companies, took a bold step by investing in the Automobile sector. The Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company has made Nigeria proud.

A seven final-year engineering students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, designed and constructed a mini bus from scratch with locally sourced materials made specially to suit Nigeria’s topography and climatic condition.

“The bus was constructed from start to finish at the University’s workshop, using all necessary design software and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools. We constructed the chassis, down to every single part of the mini bus,” said Callistus Ezeigwe, one of the seven.

The group, known as the Autozik Group, was made up of six males and a female including Callistus Ezeigwe, Victor Obinani, Ifeanyi Ezeanolue, Ogbu Ikenna, Fidelis Ominigbo, Nnamdi Nwobodo and Chinaza Okoro, was supervised by the then Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Dr. C.H. Achebe.

According to Ezeugwu “We made the mini bus using mere hand tools. This means we did all of the constructions and folding, with our hands, since the university could not provide us with ground equipment, as used in most automobile companies”.

The mini bus took about five months to complete, and it has a beautiful furnishing so that people find it difficult to believe it was made in Nigeria.



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