Young and creative car designer, Bashir Aliyu, has been awarded a scholarship to study Automotive Design in the United States, by the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal. A statement issued by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Imam Imam, says that the Governor has directed the Ministry for Higher Education and the State Scholarship Board to work out the process that will lead to his admission to any college of his choice where he would further his studies in America.
This is good news for Nigerian technology, as Bashir will be joining other young Africans who are unleashing their creativity in the world of automobile. While Mr. Innocent of Innoson IVM Motors Nigeria Limited, battles with Naira declination which is affecting his business, automobile creation in Africa is still making head way. In Kampala, Uganda, a car designing company, Kiira Motors, also manufactured the first solar-powered bus in Africa, and hopefully, when Bashir graduates from studying Automotive Designs, he would be the first Nigerian to manufacture sleek salon four wheel drives.
Meanwhile, during the meeting with young car designer at the governor’s office, Tambuwal said his administration will continue to support exceptional students to further their education in order to achieve their objectives. Aside the scholarship, Bashir Aliyu was also awarded a mentor in the person of Jelani Aliyu, who would oversee his affairs and make sure that he comes out top in his career. Gov. Tambuwal is delighted at this development and says he is blessed to have such brilliant indigenous citizens who are working hard to make the state proud.
Although some Nigerians are biased about this car designer: in Japan toy cars like the one produced by Bashir are designed and created by teenagers in high school, while real cars are designed by students in their early 20s. Nigeria is still very backward when it comes to innovation and technology. However, for a northerner to come up with something like this, it is quite commendable, even though there is no guarantee that Bashir would graduate successfully, come back to Nigeria, and produce real cars, Nigerians can only hope that this happens at the long run.