UNIZIK Students Build Mini Bus From Local Materials

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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
the world, an industrialist, Innocent
Chukwuma, chairman of Innoson Motors, took a
bold step by investing in the Automobile
sector.

The Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM)
Company has
made Nigeria proud.
Following in Innoson’s footsteps, 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.
“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,” said Ezeugwu.
According to Vanguard, the mini bus which
took about
five months to complete, has a beautiful
finishing so that
people find it difficult to believe it was made
in Nigeria.
These young men have shown some sense of
doggedness
and proficiency and they must not be allowed
to be
swept away by the tide of brain drain.

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