Thursday, 21 April 2016

Biafran engineering students construct minibus using local material for bachelor’s degree project (Vanguard, Lagos, Thursday 21 April 2016)

(The Biafran septet’s “Autobully”: tenacity)
[report edited from the original filed by Ebele Orakpo – HE-E]

A team of seven Biafran engineering students at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Oka, Biafra, has successfully built a minibus for their bachelor’s degree programme. They are Callistus Ezeigwe, Victor Obinani, Chinaza Okoro, Ifeanyi Ezeanolue, Ogbu Ikenna, Fidelis Ominigbo and Nnamdi Nwobodo, and their project supervisor is Chinonso Achebe, a professor of mechanical engineering at the university.

The team, known as the “Autozik Group”, relied mostly on local materials for the construction of the bus which took five months. The bus is named “Autobully”, adapted from the shape of the familiar bullion van. Commenting on the production, Callistus Ezeigwe, the team’s spokesperson states: The bus was constructed from start to finish at the university’s workshop, using all necessary design software and computer-aided design tools. We constructed the chassis, down to every single part of the minibus … We made the mini bus using mere hand tools. This means we did all of the construction and folding with our hands since the university could not provide us with the ground equipment as used in most automobile companies.
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Pursuance”, part-III of the four-part suite of the classic, A Love Supreme [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 9 December 1964])
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1 comment:

  1. As an engineer, this is what may be termed a prototype. Most innovations in automotive science and technology actually is occurring within the electronic entrails. We need a better organized society to reap the benefits of the innovative ideas of these budding engineers. if not these initiatives will always remain as prototypes. In short what we need is will and extended peace to harness our God given talents. Another war will never do it for us. That is my humble opinion.