The Imo Government led by His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma have empowered a 20-year-old youth, Kenneth Akobundu from Umuezeala Owere in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, who manufactured a mini-aircraft through a scholarship program to study in any university of his choice.
According to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, after meeting with Akobundu, he stated that the aim of the scholarship was to enable Akobundu, actualise his dream of becoming an aerospace manufacturer.
Hon. Declan who disclosed the concerns of the Youth loving Governor, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma on the young man not having funds to study in a University, “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.”
Speaking earlier, Mr. Akobundu stated that he is 20 years old. According to his remark, “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.