17-year-old student builds drone from scratch; set to build an aircraft soon (Video)

17-year-old student builds drone from scratch; set to build an aircraft soon (Video)

- A student of the Lagos State Polytechnic, David Opateyibo, has built Nigeria's first locally-manufactured drone

- He has outlined the various uses to which the drone could be put to

- Opateyibo has also teamed up with four others to oversee the building of locally made aircraft

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YEN.com.gh has learned that a Nigerian student has built the country’s first locally manufactured drone when he was 17-year-old

David Opateyibo, together with a team of students from the Lagos State Polytechnic, built the device and authorities are looking forward to deploying it for security surveillance.

Information available shows that the drone forms part of a project being pursued in line with the training curriculum at the polytechnic.

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The aim is to develop a form of technology that will compete with the rest of the world, and in the process, empower young people and provide job opportunities.

Tests proved that Opateyibo’s drone is capable of flying 15 minutes in the air at a maximum altitude of 2000 feet.

Per a report by face2faceafrica.com, the drone is composed of a high breed mix of existing drone components and locally fabricated material.

The drone can also be used for aerial surveillance, aerial photography and videography, as well as broadcasting, incidence control and the inspection of pipelines and power lines.

Opateyibo has also been selected to be a part of a team of associate instructors who will partake in building an aircraft in Missouri and Mexico.

The aircraft was built with the help of four others, Fausat Idowu, Aliyyah Adio, Michael Fakuade and Abdul-Hafeez Onisarotu.

In other news, YEN.com.gh has learned that an 84-year-old Kenyan known as Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge has gained entry into the Guinness Book of Records.

Maruge has reportedly taken advantage of free elementary education announced by the government in 2003 to enroll as a student.

Information available suggests that he enrolled in the first grade in Kapkenduiywo Primary School in Eldoret, Kenya, on January 12, 2004.

Maruge, who was a model student, was elected as the head boy of the school. Despite the fact that there are no documents to prove his age, Maruge is convinced he was born in 1920.

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