NAC, SURE-P, SMEDAN empower 1002 auto mechanics nationwide

                  R-L; The Director-General NAC, Engr. Aminu Jalal, presenting a work kit to one of the graduating trainee, Miss Faith, and Founder of  Lady Mechanic, Sandra Aguebor, at the event in Lagos on Friday.

 A total of 1002 auto technicians drawn from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
(FCT), on Friday graduated from three weeks auto-engineering intensive training programme in 40 centres across the nation.

The trainees in a group photograph with the Director-Generl and his team.

Speaking in Lagos, the Director General of the National Automotive Council (NAC), Engr. Aminu Jalal, said the training was in line with the National Automotive Industry Development Plan(NAIDP) on leveraging the nation’s technicians'
"The exercise aims at equipping our auto technicians with the necessary skills to repair modern generation vehicles and to retain their jobs," he said.
He said the programme was jointly organised by NAC, Subsidy Empowerment Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
"The Council, in collaboration with SURE-P and SMEDAN, put in serious efforts to making this training a success.
"NAC provided the trainers, training manuals, books and other logistics support, SMEDAN provided entrepreneurship training.
"Sure-P financed the whole programme including the empowerment tools and allowances to be given to participants," Jalal said.
He said that the programme was initiated after a skills gap analysis of mechanics in Nigeria, conducted by NAC, revealed the nation lacked middle level skilled manpower and equipment to properly maintain modern vehicles.
Founder of the Lady Mechanic initiative, Ms Sandra Aguebor, said women mechanics would be empowered better with the programme.
She encouraged more women to take the bold step of embracing the trade and make positive impact in society.
"Initiatives like this will further empower women mechanics and I want more women to come and be part of it.

"NAC has been so supportive of the Lady Mechanics as they want us to be a part of every programme they organise," she said.
A participant, Miss Faith Sunday, expressed gratitude to organisers of the training and pledged to use the tools provided to enhance her work.
Another participant, Miss Joy Azubuike, said the training and tools she received would enable her establish her trade on a small scale.
The  graduating trainees each received auto diagnostic tools (OBDII, Digital Multitester & Battery Tester), books and instructional manuals.