Dr Ezekiel Izuogu an Igbo electrical engineer, he was a lecturer at Federal polytechnic Nekede.
Dr Izuogu designed and developed the Izuogu Z-600, which is the first African indigenous manufactured car. BBC was quoted as calling the Car the African Dream Machine as 90% of its materials was sourced locally.
The Abacha government pledged to assist the company with 235 million naira after the 12 man committee of enquiry gave the nod for the massive production of the vehicle.
As it’s the norm of Nigeria With the usual Nigerian lackadaisical attitude, the financial assistance never came, rather armed robbers rob the man of the design history of Z-600, the design file Z-mass,containing the history for mass production of the car and mounds for various parts of the car and the man’s dream died a natural death.
According to Dr. Izuogu, some armed men numbering about 12 broke into the Izuogu Motors factory on Saturday, March 11, between 1.00 and 2.00 a.m. and carted away various machines and tools including the design history notebook of Z-600, the design file Z-MASS, containing the design history for mass production of Z-600 car, and the moulds for various parts of the car.
Said Izuogu; “It seems that the target of this robbery is to stop the efforts we are making to mass-produce the first ever locally made car in Africa. Other items stolen included locally produced timing wheel, locally produced camshaft, locally produced crankshaft, locally produced engine tappets, all 20 pieces each.