Anambra State government has promised to sponsor Dikanna Onuigbo, a
secondary school student in the state who invented a machine that
processes bitter leaves to study Mechanical Engineering in the
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who made the
promise in Awka, yesterday, also assured him of government assistance
in patenting his invention.
He praised the 16-year old SS3
student for his resourcefulness, saying the feat was an indication that
the state was blessed with rich talented people.
Onuigbo, a student of Community Secondary School, Okpuno, Awka South
Council area of the state, said his dream was to patent the invention
and secure funding for its commercialisation.
He also said the
machine would relieve people from the use of hand processing method they
were traditionally used to over the years.
Accompanied by his father, Peter Onuigbo, the Anambra-born student demonstrated his invention before state government officials.