By Obinna Chukwuezie
The annual “Technology and Innovation Expo” #Techno2017 which is organised annually by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology kicked off today, 3rd March 2017 at the Eagle Square Abuja. It was all cheers as the Honorable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonna Onu, dressed in in high signature white dress and red cap, was was driven into the arena in a Made-in-Nigeria open-roofed car.
The manufacturer of the wooden-body car named “Amara,” Ahmed Aliyu drove the car by himself to the admiration of participants and the camera men struggled to to take shots of him, as the Minister acknowledged cheers from the public.
Speaking after he gave a ride to the Minister around the arena, Aliyu said, “I drove it (Amara) from Bida in Niger state, which is about 250km to Abuja to showcase it to the world.
Amara uses fuel, “it took me about 23 litres of fuel to get to Abuja from Bida” Aliyu said. Amara uses motor-bike engine. “About 70% of the raw materials were locally-sourced, except the engine, wheel and tyre”, Aliyu said. He hopes that he will get support to scale up and mechanise his production.
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