A mechanical genius from Imo state has built an amazing prototype excavator which he hopes will bring great benefit to Nigeria. (Scroll down for video)
Fidellis Nwachukwu displayed his prototype excavator at the Abuja international motor fair. He said he has no formal training in engineering or mechanics and that it was in fact a vision from God that inspired him to make the excavator.
“I am truly gifted from God and I have the spirit that enlightens me on what to do,” he said.
Fidellis Nwachukwu with his handmade excavator
Aside from being motivated by what he believes to be divine inspiration, Nwachukwu exhibits a laudable motivation to use his work to help his country.
“I have a lot to offer my country, my plan is to develop this excavator. We all know that Nigeria is technologically challenged, and we Nigerians and the government are ignorant about this. I have a lot to offer my country, my plan is to develop this excavator.”
“We all know that Nigeria is technologically challenged, and we Nigerians and the government are ignorant about this.I have a lot to offer my country, my plan is to develop this excavator. We all know that Nigeria is technologically challenged, and we Nigerians and the government are ignorant about this,” he said.
“Technologies like this can bring about the improvement of our economy, that’s why I am eager to let Nigerians and the world know that we can develop our own technology.”
Sadly, not only has Nwachuku faced difficulty in finding enough capital to finance his excavator, he’s even been accused of being a terrorist!
“Getting in touch with the government and private investors to support my work was difficult. At my first visit to the House of Assembly to get my work viewed, I was accused of being a Boko Haram member and sent away.”
Despite this, Nwachukwu is still optimistic about the future of his project.
“The government is supposed to see my work, especially the president, the president is like our father and I believe one day I would get the support I need.”
Nwachukwu said that he spent ₦ 200,000 on the prototype excavator and he needs ₦ 12,550,000 to buy the necessary equipment to launch full production.
Public reaction to Nwachukwu’s work has been very positive and we can all hope that he is successful in his endeavours.