School dropout manufactures vehicle from local materials
By Ashu Manfred
A Kumba based mechanic and welder Tung Cyprian Nji has manufactured a vehicle using mostly local materials. Tung Cyprian who dropped out of technical college in form 3 told The Star that he conceived the idea of the vehicle from a tricycle he purchased in the year 2013.
He further averred that after dismantling and studying the tricycle, he came up with the idea of manufacturing a vehicle using mostly local materials.
Though the vehicle uses batteries and petrol for fuel, other materials include flatpans, tubes, rubber, pipes, etc. Tung said, adding that he eventually intends to transform the car into a transport vehicle for the carrying of goods.
According to Tung at the present stage, the vehicle can carry five persons including the driver, adding that up to the present stage, financial, material and other assistance has come from his family members, friends and well wishers, noting he has not contacted the government for assistance because the vehicle is still undergoing some finishing touches.
Tung who has been plying the streets of Kumba, with the car, said the vehicle will be complete before the end of the year and that since then, neither the police nor gendarmes have ever stopped him for any routine checks. It is amazing indeed.
The 25 year-old-man further noted that the vehicle is still in the rustic state and that he needs further technical training to improve on the current state of the vehicle. Asked whether he would like to share his knowledge with others, Tung said in as much as he got the experience and inspiration studying a tricycle, he is willing to share his gift and knowledge with other interested youths.