In Nigeria, Borno state was the birthplace of Boko Haram in 2002 and, together with Yobe and Adamawa, the area where the group’s activities are mostly concentrated, European Union Agency for Asylum report stated. Despite Insurgency in the state, this orphan continues to follow up his dreams as an inventor of a flying car, a scooter bike, and a mini jeep.
Although the Boko Haram Insurgency has had a devastating effect on the lives of many youths in the North East, where many were dispersed, frustrated, fired from their jobs, and some became hopeless with no future ambition, it is a challenge for others to push through the insurgency period and fulfil their lifelong ambition.
Abubakar Abba Dalori, who forayed into domestic automobile production, is one of such aspirational young men who refused to be crushed by the insurgency issue and envisioned the future and wants to make it a reality.
Abubakar, an indigene of Maiduguri, Borno State lost his parents, both mother and father when he was young, but that didn’t stop him from achieving my dreams. He graduated from Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Borno State with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in the year 2015.
He has invented Mini jeep, a prototype of a flying car and a scooter bike. “I can build anything that has to do with electrical, electronic and mechanical,” Abubakar says. In Borno, he tested a prototype vehicle that could fly. The flying car has “two rotor winds” at the top and back that it uses to create lift. It can travel on the road like a regular car. The Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Isa Marte Hussaini visited Abubakar in his garage some months ago. He gave him his word that Abubakar would receive training and financial assistance from the government.
One of his biggest obstacles include lack of finance, a lack of research and development facilities, the government’s treatment of Nigerian inventors, and a shortage of locally produced materials. Some are cheap, while others are expensive. According to him, he rent the majority of the tools he use because he doesn’t have the right ones to do the project on time. “If we are able to lay hands on the resources, I assure you that we will make Nigeria the giant in research. The skill is there. The majority of the material I use in all of my current work are local, and I think this is the best course of action,” he told Susa Africa.
Abubakar wants the federal and state governments, as well as other corporate organizations, to assist and retrain him so that he may fulfil his aspirations of opening the business and help Nigerian youths earn the necessary local and exportable skills.