According to Osun Defender, two 500 level students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ilorin, Ali David and Patrick Effiong, have constructed an aircraft prototype.
The students said it was their final year project and that they had dreamt of it since their 100 level days.
David said many of his colleagues were skeptical when they first broached the subject.
“What we are actually working on is a machine that will lift up itself through the law of aerodynamics and having an engine, a propeller and the fuselage,” he added.
Effiong on his part, said: “With some of our lecturers backing us, we were motivated; we decided that we can carry out the construction.”
“Ali brought the idea to me that he had the dream of constructing an aircraft, but I didn’t really buy the idea then and I thought he had forgotten about it.”
“So when we got to 400 level, he raised the idea again.’’
The project supervisor, Dr Tajudeen Ajiboye, commended the students, saying they had demonstrated a high level of intellectualism in spite of the challenges they faced.
He said the students had faced and overcame problems of materials and manpower at the initial stage.
Source: Nigerian Bulletin.