By :Dayo Fasasi,
Students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka have took a bold stepped in building a mini bus with local materials, despite the current hardship in the country.
Seven students from the engineering department of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, designed and constructed a mini bus from scratch with domestically sourced materials made specially to suit Nigeria’s topography and climatic condition.
One of the seven prospective movers of the Nigerian society, Callistus Ezeigwe, stated :
“The bus was constructed from start to the end 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,” .
Autozik Group, which the seven students are being referred to comprised of six males and a female including, their names are as follows : Callistus Ezeigwe, Victor Obinani, Ifeanyi Ezeanolue, Ogbu Ikenna, Fidelis Ominigbo, Nnamdi Nwobodo and Chinaza Okoro.
The construction of the mini bus was supervised by the HOD of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Dr. C.H. Achebe.
Wazobia Global Times correspondent learnt that the bus was made with crude tools and no electrical machine were used.
“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,” Ezeugwu said.
He further stated that the mini bus took about five months to complete, and has a beautiful finishing. This astonished so many people. “students from other departments were finding difficult to believe that it was made in Nigeria” Ezeugwu added.
According to Autozik group – the aim of the project was to construct a mini bus using domestically sourced materials, which is more durable and can better stand the test of time, and topography in Nigeria.. The Sky-blue coloured bus is named Autobully by the group, another team member Obinani Victor said “We named it’ Autobully’, because of the bullion van shape of the mini bus”
Meanwhile, the project result was fantastic, the Autozik group however told journalists their challenges during construction. They channel their complain towards financial challenges.
They later appealed to the government to invest in youths initiative, development and channel resources towards the Automobile sector to it seek to diversify the economy. They also appealed to the general public to buy made in Nigeria products.