The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, awarded a full 5-year scholarship to Mr Solomon Ukoha who built an electrical substation using crude oil and other locally sourced materials.
Governor Ikpeazu made this known Monday in his lodge in Aba when he received Salomon, 24, from Amaekpu in the Ohafia local government region of the state.
According to Ikpeazu, the scholarship allows him to continue his studies at any tertiary institution of his choice.
The governor expressed his joy at the technical ingenuity of the young innovator, noting that Abia has young people who can compete favorably with their international counterparts in technical education if given the opportunity.
The governor explained that the power supply was a major problem facing the country and that as such it had had a negative impact on economic growth and industrialization, especially in the sub-sectors of the shoe, leather and clothing for which Aba is well known.
He encouraged him, however, to build a more presentable prototype of the substation to allow him to participate in external exhibitions revealing that the scholarship covers his tuition and accommodation immediately after admission.
Presenting his innovation to the governor, Mr. Solomon Ukoha, who said he graduated from high school with no hope of going to college due to financial hardship, revealed that he was inspired by God.
He appealed to the state governor to help him continue his education, a step he said would greatly help him achieve his ambition and expressed his willingness to teach other young people as advised by the governor.
Mr. Solomon Ukoha, whose video went viral on social media last week, tested the test substation in front of the governor.
Ikpeazu government awards scholarship to power transformer innovator born in Abia
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