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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has rewarded a 25-year old Almajiri, Laminu Mohammed, with N5 million for fabricating a ‘hand-held tractor’ in Maiduguri.

The financial rewards to Mohammed was to support and further develop his innovative skills in local fabrications of affordable agricultural machines and equipment.

Excited over Laminu’s innovations, the governor said: “The local fabrication of hand plough tractors to till North. farmlands could boost farmers’ productivity and in comes to fight poverty and unemployment.”

According to him, conventional ploughs are usually attached to tractors or other means of transportation and manually dragged to plough and ridge farmlands for cropping.

He added that Mohammed had never attended any for- mal school, apart from the traditional Quranic education known as Tsangaya, in the Almajirai system in the North.

In fabricating the tractor, Zulum said components of a Lister engine used for pumping water were coupled to fabricate the machine.

The governor, an engineer by profession, invited Laminu Mohammed for technical interaction, the young man proved his engineering skills for the invention of the tractor.

He said the reward was aimed at inspiring the ‘unschooled engineer’ to produce more ploughs and other agricultural machinery for farmers in the state.

Rewarding him came barely two weeks after Zulum re leased N5 million to a 13-year old primary school boy, who used mud to copy the designs of the N4.32 billion first flyover on Maiduguri/Gamboru road.

The governor also presented five mini buses and N20 million cash to a young Borno man, who specialises in converting buses with petrol engines to solar-powered electric vehicles.

The support was extended to Phoenix Renewable Energy Group (PREG) owned by an electrical engineer, Mustapha Gajibo.

By oyonews

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