Zulum gifts N5m to Borno almajiri who constructed ‘hand tractor’

Zulum and 25 -year-old Laminu

Zulum gifts N5m to Borno almajiri who constructed ‘hand tractor’

Governor Babagana Zulum has gifted the sum of five million Naira (N5m) to Laminu Mohammed, a talented almajiri in Borno State, who fabricated a plow machine that can be manually pushed for tilling of farmlands towards planting.

Zulum, a professor of irrigation farming, was impressed that the 25-year-old from Gubio Local Government in northern Borno State, had never attended any formal school except traditional Islamic education called Tsangaya in Borno, popularly called almajiri system across northern Nigeria.

Laminu used components of a lister engine which is originally made for a water pump, to construct a plough which works like a tractor that is pushed by hand.

Zulum was informed of Laminu’s talent by a Government official.

Zulum who is an engineer invited Laminu, and during technical interaction, the almajiri proved his skills for the invention after which he was rewarded with N5m.

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The Governor said the amount is aimed to inspire the ‘unschooled engineer’ to produce more ploughs and possibly, other agricultural machinery that can serve farmers in Borno.

Zulum’s support for Laminu came barely two weeks after the Governor approved over N5m for a 13-year-old primary school boy who used mud to copy-design Borno’s first flyover located along the Maiduguri – Gamboru Ngala highway.

In another instance, Zulum presented five minibuses and N20m cash to a young Borno man who specializes in converting buses with petrol engines into solar-powered electric vehicles.

The support was passed to Phoenix Renewable Energy Group owned by the beneficiary.

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