From Maurice Okafor,Enugu
The N- power programme to enhance training and re training of Youths, both graduates and non-graduates, sponsored by the federal government has begun in Enugu.
About 45 Nigerian youths are undergoing the skill acquisition programme on automobile mechanic at Chibueze Motors Limited, located at Gariki Awkunanaw, Enugu. They are being trained on mechatronics which is a modern way of repairing motor vehicles using computer to detect electrical and mechanical faults.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Chibueze Motors, Mr. Friday Chibueze Okoro, disclosed that the one year programme will involve last three months intensive training in his workshop and additional nine month industrial training in automobile firms. Thereafter, the successful ones will be assisted with equipment freely by the federal government to establish their own private workshops or can be employable in modern automobile industries in any part of the globe.
He also explained that the Federal Government mapped out 7 skills acquisition programmes that include Agro-tech, Automobile, Carpentry, Electrical Installation, Masonry and Tiling, Plumbing and Pipe Fitting as well as Hospitality, pointing out that they were only assigned to train the youths on mechatronics at the company while other companies handles the rest.
His words,” The youths are raw. They don’t know anything about auto mechanic but at the end of the day, they will know the trade, become self-employed or employers of labour.
“They will be given tool boxes that will contain different types of modern automobile repair tools,” he explained.
Explaining further on the benefits of the programme, Okoro said that the National Board for Technical Education Board, NABTEB, will evaluate them and issue them with certificates that will enable them to get jobs anywhere in the world.
“At the end of the training, NABTEB will evaluate them and award them certificates that will enable them get jobs anywhere in the world,” Okoro said.
He pointed out that while they are undergoing the programme course, the youths will be paid N10,000.00 monthly stipend, adding that they will embark on Industrial Training, IT, for nine months, thereby making it one year for them to master the trade very well.
He commended the Federal Government for enhancing this year’s training by providing a lot of equipment for the training.
“We have a lot of equipment here. This time is the highest time the presidency went extra mile to provide equipment for the training,” he commended.