Seven final-year engineering students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, have designed and constructed a mini bus from scratch with locally sourced materials made specially to suit Nigeria’s topography and climatic condition.
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.
The mini bus has been named “Autobully”. One of the seven, Obinani said the brand name, coined from the normal bullion van, fits the shape of the mini bus
Vanguard quoted another member of the group, Ezeigwe as saying:
“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”