ABU Zaria to develop made-in-Nigeria water-fueled car
The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Dabo has said the university is working to develop a made-in-Nigeria car that will use water.
The Dean told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) about this on Saturday in Zaria, when he was talking about the 2023 World Engineering Day for sustainable development.
Dabo said there were several breakthroughs at ABU, including the recent development of an electric car and a Shell eco-marathon car.
He added that the faculty was working on the development of a car that would run on water.
“The shell eco-marathon car that was developed by the university had the capacity to cover over 100 kilometres with a litre of fuel,’’ he said.
According to him, the Shell eco-marathon car has been taken to South Africa, where it performed excellently. He stressed that the university is working to improve its fuel efficiency.
“The concept for the Shell eco-marathon car was a small car that takes a maximum of two people for a racing competition, not for mass transit,’’ he said.
He added that the electric car that was developed is also a small car that can take a maximum of four people.
The dean, however, noted that the closure of Nigerian universities for the 2023 general elections made the commemoration of the event low-key at ABU.
He described the theme of the event, “Engineering innovations for a more resilient world”, as topical, apt, and timely.
Dabo, therefore, called on the government to encourage outcome-based education across tertiary institutions to boost and strengthen the quality and skills of engineers produced in Nigeria.
He also called for improved collaboration between academia and industry.
He lamented that most of the industries around most of the institutions were closed; the few functional ones imported skills and essential raw materials, resulting in a parallel position between academia and industry.
NAN recalls that UNESCO proclaimed the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development at its 40th General Conference in 2019.
The day is celebrated worldwide on March 4 of each year since 2020 as a UNESCO international day of celebration of engineers and engineering.