Students of some Federal Science and Technical Colleges (FSTC) have commended the Federal Ministry of Education for the platform given to them to exhibit their innovations.
Some of the students, who were drawn from nine schools to participate at the 2nd Annual National Students Vocational Skills Competition made this known on Thursday in Abuja.
They said that the innovations they showcased would enable them contribute their quotas to national development.
Miss Theresa Nsi, a student of FSTC, Akwa Ibom, who exhibited a multi-purpose oven using electricity, bio-gas, cooking gas and charcoal, said the innovation was borne out of the need of the people of the state.
Nsi said that the oven was developed to assist the fishermen to have easy way of processing their product.
She said that the oven, which was coupled within two weeks, was designed to meet the needs of the people and provide healthy environment during processing of foods.
She said that the innovation could also provide employment for the youths who had nothing to do.
“The purpose of the oven is to help people that dry their foods by the road side because it prevents bacteria from infecting the foods.
“We found out that in our locality, most of people are fishermen and farmers, when people go to the river to fish they come back and use charcoal which brings smoke and which is not good for the eyes.
“With this oven, employment can be created and in the present state of economic recession, where we hardly find jobs as graduates, it is an opportunity to key into such products,” she said.
Osadebamwen Osasere, a student of FSTC Uromi, Edo State who invented a multi-distiller said that the product was aimed at helping medical practitioners to have easy way of doing things.
Osasere said that the motor vehicle department of the school discovered a need in the school which prompted the design of the product.
He said that the product was also designed to filter water to make it clean and good enough for drinking.
He added that it could be used in the hospitals by doctors because they need distilled water to mix with injections.
Also, Jonathan Martins of the FSTC Zuru, Kebbi State showcased a Neem Seed product from the Neem tree.
Martins said that the seed had a lot of medicinal benefits as it could cure malaria and the oil extracted from the seed could be used to grow human hair.
He said that it had also been proven to be used as fertiliser to help improve the growth of plants.
“The seed has so many benefits to man. It is medicinal because we have made a research and we have discovered that the shaft from the seed can be used as a fertiliser to grow crops.
“When soaked in water, it you can to cure ulcer and you can use it to grow your hair.
“So the purpose of all these works is to improve on the economy through the various innovations,” he said.
Out of the 39 selected schools, nine schools came top for the grand finale of the competition.
They are Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC) Ohanso, Abia State, FSTC Awka, FSTC Yaba, Lagos State, FSTC Doma, Nasarawa State and FSTC Uromi, Edo.
Others are FSTC Dayi, Kastina State, FSTC Zuru, Kebbi State, FSTC Akwa Ibom and FSTC Shiroro, Niger, FSTC.