The Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, Mr. Jelani Aliyu (MFR), said the Council will continue with its mecahatronics training and empowerment of Nigerian youth.
This development comes as the NADDC concluded training for three hundred mechanics and auto technicians on repair and maintenance of heavy-duty vehicles in the country.
Aliyu who made his remarks virtually at the closing ceremony of the two-week Mechatronics training which held in Kano, Kano State, said the training became necessary in view of the rising deficit in well qualified and capable mechanics needed for effective repair and maintenance of tankers, trailers and other heavy-duty vehicles.
The NADDC director general said the Council organized the skills upgrading training for mechanics and technicians working on such vehicles from the six geo-political zones of the country as part of NADDC contributions towards nipping the problem in the bud.
According to the director general, it is important for graduating trainees to know that technology in the auto sector advances continually and at a very fast pace, as most heavy-duty vehicles today are built with a lot of electronically controlled systems, hence the need for regular training and retraining of stakeholders in the sector.
According to him, “the two weeks training is one of the focal elements of the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan, (NAIDP) of the Council.
Aliyu explained NADDC had already concluded arrangements for the establishment of specialized automotive training centers in the six geo-political zones of the country.
The centers, the director general said, would be located in Zamfara, Bauchi, Lokoja, Oshogbo, Benin and Abakaliki as parts of efforts to further develop the nation’s automotive industry.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Masir Sani-Gwarzo, in a goodwill remark, said the ministry would continue to support NADDC towards achieving its mandate.
Some beneficiaries of the training, Abdullahi Hussain and Bello Mohammed commended NADDC for the two weeks training, as certificates and automotive toolkits were presented to them and all the participants.