It’s a positive development to lovers of creative art when news filtered in that the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma had awarded a scholarship to encourage a 20-year-old imo youth, Kenneth Akobundu from Umuezeala Owere in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, who manufactured a mini-aircraft that has the capacity to fly for 3-4hrs on air coverage a long distance.

According to imo state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, who visited the young boy on behalf of the Governor, stated that the aim of the scholarship was to enable Akobundu, actualise his dream of becoming an aerospace manufacturer. He is to study in any University of choice.

He said “the Governor has directed we meet with the young man and tell him that the Government will take responsibility of his educational requirements to any university of his choice so that he can actualise his dream of constructing an aeroplane. This is a Government of Shared Prosperity and it is part of this Government’s agenda to encourage young people with such initiative to move to the next level and not allow this talent to waste.”

The excited Akobundu who stated that he is 20 years old made the following remarks, “I had the intention of becoming a Naval officer, but I keep seeing myself in the area of creativity and started constructing an aircraft when I was 17 years old, and by 2019 when I created an aircraft, I tried it, it did not fly and I continued in 2020 and by 2021, I was able to fix the aircraft and I succeeded in flying it.

“I test run it in my place, Ehime Mbano, it takes five minutes running before it will fly and I can fly for about three to four hours in the air. I can fly from there to the Imo Airport.”

Akobundu in appreciation, commended Governor Hope Uzodimma for the opportunity given to him.
“I never thought this will happen to me one day. The Imo Government has brought me hope and I want to say thank you and I will not disappoint you.” He stated.

Reacting to the positive development, IfeanyiCy Njoku, Executive Director Centre for Youth Development and Peace Initiative commended the state Governor for encouraging talent development while advising that a scholarship trust fund be opened and fixed in a commercial bank with Akobundu’s name to avoid neglect by successive government.



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