The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) in collaboration with Simba Group, a private automobile company that produces motorcycles and tricycles have trained 170 young mechanics in Kebbi in auto mechatronics maintenance and repairs.
The Director General of the Council, Mr. Jelani Aliyu stated this at the closing ceremony of NorthWest Zonal Mechanics Training Skill Acquisition Program held in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.
He said the 170 indigenes of Kebbi have been empowered with modern technical skills on how to carry out automobile repairs and service.
“What we have done today is the closing ceremony of auto mechatronics training program which is in collaboration with a number of northwestern states in Nigeria.
“Here in Birnin Kebbi we have trained 170 mechanics on how to repair fix and maintain two and three wheelers in collaboration with Simba who produce and market the TVS motorcycles and tricycles” ,he said .
According to him also over 20,000 youths have received such a training across the country to make them self-sufficient.
The DG further said that the NADDC is responsible for developing the automotive sector in Nigeria has managed to attract many auto firms to come into Nigeria and establish their companies such as Nissan, Honda, Kia Honda Peugeot in Kaduna.
” You know just recently Peugeot introduced the Peugeot pick up ,which we know they had the 404,504 and now they are bringing back pickups, this are some of the things we are doing in Nigeria to see that the automotive industry in Nigeria is revived ”
He thanked the Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for supporting youth programs in the state.
The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar advised the beneficiaries to use the skills they have acquired to promote themselves and the society. She was represented at the occasion by Bello Dogondaji.
In his response, the Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu thanked the NADDC DG for his humility and vision to serve Nigeria.
He said since the Mr. Jelani assumed the leadership of NADDC, many foreign automobile firms have established their presence in Nigeria. Bagudu also promised to support the sustenance of the training program in Kebbi.
Highlights of event was the presentation of certificates and working tools to the benefiaries performed by the governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and NADDC Director General, Mr. Jelani Aliyu.
One of the trained mechanic, Muhammad Shehu expressed his delight over the training and said it has enabled them to acquire up to date skills in technology.