Mr John Adikwu is a Basic Science and Technology Teacher in Junior Secondary School in Bwari, Abuja.

His school recently caught attention at the 4th edition of the Science and Technology Expo (FESTECH 2018) held recently in Abuja where they presented a solar cooker they invented to tackle environmental problems.

The solar cooker was mainly fabricated from the local raw materials sourced in the country except for the imported glass and mirror.

The solar cooker prototype took the school three months with full participation of the Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (JETS) members to build at the cost of N45,000.

Adikwu, who is also the coordinator of the school's JETS club, said the project was delayed for some time due to shortage of fund.

But there are many questions on the lips of Mr Adikwu.

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With an idea like this, he wonders why the prototype cannot be commercialized for mass production to make the price of the product affordable for low income earners.

He also wonders why there is less assistance for secondary schools engaging in Research & Development (R & D) activities to promote indigenous technology.

How better would Nigeria be if the government can show more political will toward Science, Technology and Innovation to promote R & D in research institutions and industries?

“Large scale solar cookers can cook for hundreds of people.

“Solar cooker uses no fuel and cost nothing to operate, many non-profit organisations are promoting its use worldwide in order to help reduce fuel costs,” he said.

Asides the economic value, the product also reduces environmental damage caused by using fuel and would not contribute to heating the home as it is usually used outside.

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