“We can do it” has been a mantra associated with Engr. Elvis Obi-Nwankwo, one of Enugu State’s finest Tech experts and doubles as the Special Assistant to the Enugu State Governor on Innovations, Science And Technology.
When Elvis assumed office as the Special Assistant to the Governor, he commenced the Enugu State Science and Technology Revolution with a roundtable/synergy with stakeholders in the Tech Industry – that event heralded a fresh breath in Enugu State’s tech ecosystem.
Recently, the Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (i-FAIR) program, an initiative aimed at raising a generation of innovators, inventors, and researchers in Nigeria by offering them a platform to transform their ideas into innovative solutions and launching their entrepreneurial dreams in the fields of Agriculture & Food Security, Renewable Energy/Environmental Management, Food Technology, Medical Devices/Simulation, and Social Responsibility, held in Abuja.
The just concluded four months program had youths from Enugu State coming up with the best Proof of Concept among other participants from other States in Nigeria.
The i-FAIR program was organised by the Embassy of the State of Israel in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Greg Ibeh of Skill-G Nigeria Ltd, Gregory University Uturu, Abia State and DeNovo-Israel, Ltd.
The i-FAIR participants receive online training focusing on developing their prototypes and creating business plans, while learning about intellectual property protection and marketing options.
They will also receive training in communication and pitching to potential investors, while enjoying full access to the Innovation Center and its labs and workshops.
This training will be utilized in the grand finale ceremony in March during which the Innovators will get to pitch their products and business plans to some of the biggest investors.
Excited by Enugu State’s outstanding outing at the programme, Obi-Nwankwo said in a chat with TechEconomy.ng, said:
“It is not a mere coincidence that all these blessings are coming to Enugu State with regards to the intelligence quotient of our youths, but it’s a reflection of reward of favour from the most high God whose hands are on the helm of affairs in the State…courtesy of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi… The grace following our dear Governor is thus been metamorphosed into these great strides and great records following ‘ndi Enugu Youths’ who consistently emerges top in all the National competitions been organised at Abuja”.
“I’ve been following up the programs of i-FAIR Israel Nigeria, a partnership program between the FGN and Israeli Embassy on a talent hunt competition Pan Nigeria for young aspiring inventors and researchers in Nigeria.
“Happily enough, it’s good to see four people from Enugu State emerged top after the long battle on test of knowledge in the competitive series.
“These innovations are so unique in such a way that they are first of its kind in Nigeria. If these projects are put into use, I’m optimistic that Enugu State will have her name recorded in the golden book of history in the world map,” he said.
The innovations from the four Enugu youths are;
1. Eco-Smart Aquaponics system:
The system is meant to aid the rearing of fishes and also growing of food crops like vegetables at the comfort of one’s home without having to pass through the stress of clearing bushes or make ridges like our fathers and mothers do at home on farms.
This was invented by Okolie Samson Chijioke, the manager, SKILL-G Innovation Centre, Abuja; B.Tech (Electromechanical), M.eng (Production Engineering). He is from Awgu North Constituency.
Commenting on this, the SA to the Governor on IST, said:
“I find this innovation very interesting because with this innovation, our people do not need to be going to farms again to encounter Fulani herdsmen killings any longer. Just at your compound/backyard in the city, you can mount the cupboard-like stand and venture into agriculture like growing of food crops, rearing of fishes, rearing of fowls and just like that one will be making his cool cash. This is equally the method the whites use abroad.
2. Smart solar dryer
Afamefuna Nnamani invented “Smart solar dryer” for drying of perishable goods like tomatoes, peppers, etc., at home using solar energy.
These produce when dried via this method do not loose its nutrient contents as it can be preserved for season-in and season-out.
3. iRescue plus
Eneh Daniel Chijioke, also invented “IRescue plus” device that serves as a car sensor that sends messages to family members, Police or Road Safety offices, even with a Google map for direction to the scene of the accident, whenever one’s family is involved in an accident.
With this device installed in a car, it is very easy to locate anyone involved in an auto crash/accident and such person will be rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatments in time.
4. Pluck off device
Ekenedilichukwu Raphael invented a “Pluck off device” that helps to boil hot water and also pluck-off chicken feathers in a covered container within 30secs without the person having to go through the stress of plucking the chicken feathers by hand one by one.
This is a more hygienic and fast method of preparing a chicken worth hundreds of number ready within secs during an occasion.
“These inventions are ready for investments. We are calling on investors, both locally and international to look at what our young people are doing. The State is even ready to work with investors to see that these inventors get adequate results”, Obi-Nwankwo said.