Over 5,000 Nigerians Trained as Mechanics in 3 Years – Automotive Council

Over 5,000 Nigerians Trained as Mechanics in 3 Years – Automotive Council

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By ALEX UANGBAOJE

NATIONAL Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) yesterday at a training workshop in Kaduna disclosed that it had within three years trained over 5,000 Nigerians as automotive mechanics.

In a message delivered by Egnr. Abdulwaheed Odetoro, onbehalf the Director – General of NADDC,  Engineer Aminu Jalal to a flag – off ceremony of assessors and verifiers of quality technical education organised by the National Board for Technical (NBTE) and NADDC in Kaduna,  said the training periods was between 2012-2015 where 5,046 Nigerians were trained as mechanics.

This was even as participants on the occasion unanimously observed and agreed that Nigeria can’t make much technological advancement without appreciating and giving enough attention to technical training. 

Jalal said, “One of the mandates of NADDC is to ensure the Sustainable development of the automotive industry in Nigeria using local human and material resources”.

He disclosed that the council conducted training workshops for mechanics at sensitisation workshops in Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited (PAN) and Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO) in Enugu.

“NADDC trained over 500 mechanics, including trainers at the colleges we donated equipments to in 2012-2014.

“We trained 2,006 mechanics for SURE – P programme in 2014 and 2015.

“We also trained over 500 mechanics in heavy duty commercial vehicles repair and another 540 mechanics in tyre repair in 2015 in conjuction with the National Road Transport Owners (NARTO).

“We also, with SIMBA group, trained over 1,500 motorcycle and tricycle mechanics nationwide in 2013/2014”.

“The next phase of the mechanics’ training will commence at the over 250 workshops identified nationwide and whose staff have undergone our training the trainer programme.

“The NBTE has been our partner in these endeavours, and together we developed the curriculum and the text books to cover the curriculum”. He said. 

Engineer Jalal added that mechanics villages are being developed in conjuction with some State governments in order to provide an atmosphere for the mechanics to repair vehicles in a safe and effective manner.
On his part, the Executive Secretary of NBTE, Dr. Mas’udu Adamu Kazaure‎ said the partnership between his organisation and NADDC has recorded an appreciable progress.

He charged the participants to justify their time on the training and come up with a tangible ideas as assessors and verifiers to take the industry forward.

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