The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has awarded 5 years full scholarship to Mr Solomon Ukoha who constructed an electricity substation with crude oil and other locally sourced materials.
Governor Ikpeazu disclosed this on Monday at the Government lodge in Aba while receiving the 24- year old Solomon, who hails from Amaekpu in Ohafia Local Government Area of the state.
Ikpeazu said the scholarship is for him to further his education in any tertiary institution of his choice.
He expressed joy over the technical ingenuity exhibited by the young innovator noting that Abia State is blessed with youths who can compete favourably with their international counterparts in technical education if given the opportunity.
While explaining that power supply has been a major problem facing the country, Governor Ikpeazu noted that this has impacted negatively on economic growth and industrialization especially in the shoe, leather and garments sub-sectors for which Aba is well known.
Ikpeazu encouraged Solomon to train some other youths and impart some knowledge to them for the greater benefit of society.
He encouraged the innovator to build a more presentable prototype of the substation to enable it to compete in external exhibitions revealing that the scholarship covers his tuition fee and accommodation immediately after he gets admission.
While showcasing his innovation to the governor, Solomon Ukoha who said he has completed his secondary school education without any hope of going to the university due to financial challenges revealed that he got inspiration from God.
He appealed to the state governor to assist him further his education, a step he said would help him greatly in fulfilling his ambition while at the same time, expressing his readiness to teach other youths as advised by the governor.
He made a demo of the trial substation before the Governor.
DigitalTimesNG recalls that Mr Solomon Ukoha’s video went viral on social media last week.