By Florence Ugbem
Benue State Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Rt. Hon. Nick Eworo, has reiterated the state government’s commitment towards promoting innovations that will place the state on the map of greatness.
Hon. Eworo stated this recently at the ctonference Hall of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation when Master Iyorchivii Abuul showcased his innovation to the ministry.
The commissioner stressed that the ministry will continue to promote, showcase and give the needed support to innovators, adding that, for a society to grow technology should be taken with all seriousness.
“We have discovered this talent and we are going to develop his talent. We are going to ensure that we have this product. As a ministry, we are going to work with the boy to improve and bring about a more refined product that can be used in society”, he said.
Hon. Eworo marveled at Abuul’s ingenuity, stating that the ministry was highly interested in his product and would give the young man the required direction.
He noted that the present administration is conscious of innovations and will give the necessary support to improve on the prototype and also enroll him in a technical school where he can perfect his craft.
In his remarks, the director of Science and Energy, Mr David Tyohee, who presented Iyorchivii Abuul to the commissioner, explained that Abuul invented six products which include: a transformer, which is powered by water or wind, and can receive signals from radio stations; a grinding machine for grinding cassava, a home theatre, a car, a sound mixer and an amplifier.
He urged the young man to improve on his inventions and guide them jealously.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Terna Adi called for more ideas and inventions that will help improve the youths in society.
Mr. Adi thanked the commissioner for his initiative, which is an avenue of encouraging innovations, and affirmed that more inventors will be projected and showcased from the state to encourage more innovations.
The 16-year old Abuul Iyorchivii, who hails from Mbagen, Mbatyo in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State, said he dropped out of school in JSS 3 due to his inability to finance his education after the demise of his mother.
He explained to the journalist in an interview that he got the revelation in the dream where he was constructing things, adding that all raw materials used for the innovation were obtained from dustbins.
Iyorchivii further revealed that it took him a month to construct the products and called on the government to assist him by enrolling him in a technical school to learn more and perfect the knowledge God has given him.
He also appealed for financial support to construct an improved product that will attract people.