By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A peasant farmer in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Pastor Paul Daniel has developed a solar-powered tricycle (Keke-NAPEP) to enable him help farmers evacuate their produce from their farms, and to help in improving inter and intra city transportation at less costs.
Speaking with reporters in Tafawa Balewa over the weekend, Pastor Daniel said his effort is a breakthrough that if supported, will help to open a good industry for the provision of solar powered tricycles without using fuel or gas, which will help farmers to take their harvest home at cheaper rates and will help to boost socio economic farming activities, as well as create job opportunities to the teeming unemployed youths that will be trained by him.
Pastor Daniel listed of the advantage of solar machines, “it cannot make noise, no environmental pollution, it’s easy for maintenance because you can only put grease oil in some places in the spare part every three – four weeks which will cost you less than N200, and it’s cheap because you will not buy fuel and no with little maintenance, and its strong more than the machines using fuel”.
When asked how he developed the tricycle, he said “Considering the difficulties encountered by the people in purchasing fuel and gas, I have been thinking on how to develop something that will ease their sufferings because I know what ever engine that uses fuel you can use solar panel devices to ease people sufferings”.
“I am interested in developing different types of machines using solar provided the machines uses fuel, I said let me start with tricycle to enable me bring my rice harvest home from farm”.
“While I was thinking, I don’t think I will get all the materials I needed to develop the solar powered tricycle, I started collecting some of the things I can get here , then I met one technician who is from China, I sent to him the design I make, he told me that if I want to enjoy working with this , he will advise me to use their technology and see, because initially I wanted to use fan regulator that will increase or reduce its speed, instead of device that help to increase or reduce speed called (totur) , he said no he will send the one they made, when he sent it, I tested it works fantastic, he too was surprised because he thought I may need some experts that will teach me how to work with it”.
The clergyman said, “I only removed the engine and left three sharp parts that will move the back tyre, and I went with a some parts called DC Motor that is used to generate and store solar energy, after we assembled it, I tested the machine and it works fine, that’s how I develop the machine using solar energy and we charged the battery after we generated the solar energy using solar panels”.
“It will be charge for between two to three hours and it will work for six hours, but once the panels are on top of the machine, you will continue to use it without any problem except in the night when you will use the battery for six hours”.
Pastor Paul explained that the cost of the machine will be between 450,000 Naira up to 700,000 Naira depending on the size and the capacity the person want.
He said the machine is durable and it can take truck container and carry over 15 people without any problem.
The clergyman said he wants to partner with the Bauchi State Government to support him and to allow him to train more youths in the business, saying with government support, he can produce 10 to 20 machines in a day, adding that with the envisaged support, he will develop a car using solar energy.