A Nigerian man from Gombe State used local materials to construct a vehicle. The pictures of the vehicle —which is a hybrid of SUV and a normal car— were shared on social media. The car was made by Muhammad Mustapha, a resident of Gombe state. Social media users have showered praises on the young brilliant man for his wonderful achievement.
This comes months later when another ingenious Northerner from Benue, Muhammad Abdul Modibbo reconstructed his Volkswagen Beetle into a Rolls Royce.
Muhammad, AKA Modibbo Automobile the Founder of Gamji Automobile Nig. Ltd is domiciled in Zakibiam, Ukum Local government area of Benue State.
These brilliant feats deserve more than just social media commendations. If such can be achieved with scarce resources and materials, and little formal education, then imagine what can be done with the combination of both. The state governments as a matter of urgency should take great interest in these creatives, and further empower them to reach their full potentials so as they can contribute to their local economies.
Thirty years ago in 1990, Sokoto State Government took a chance on a young brilliant kid and sponsored his education to study automotive design in the United State at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. That young man later joined General Motors, where he started his design career. That man is now the Director-General of the Nigerian Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC). His name is Jelani Aliyu.
What is to say to say we won’t have more Jelani Aliyus? If only the Government(s) act.
What support do you think should be given to this ingenious young man from Gombe?