By Felix Khanoba
The Katsina State Government is to partner with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) and other stakeholders to establish a world class modern mechanic village in the state.
Governor of the State, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, said the one stop integrated automotive village will not only boost job opportunities in the state but would also go a long way in ensuring that vehicles repairs are handled by competent hands with up-to-date technology.
He made this known on Wednesday in Abuja while responding to a presentation on the proposed mechanic village by Dr Hayatu Bashir, Director, Katsina Public Exhibition and Gallery.
“We are interested in the mechanic village not only because of employment but it will also help to save the millions of naira be spent on improper maintenance of our vehicles,” the governor said.
The governor expressed delight over the role NADDC would play in the project especially in the area of capacity building of the youths even as he described the transportation sector as the backbone of any economy.
Earlier, Director-General of NADDC, Mr Jelani Aliyu, who went down memory lane on the activities of the agency in sanitising and boosting the nation’s automotive industry, said the country cannot continue to allow quacks to repair large chunk of the about 11.5 million that are currently in Nigeria.
While saying NADDC has so far trained over 20,000 Nigerian youths on relevant skills, Jelani said the agency would be involving major investors on the Katsina mechanic village, adding youths in state will also be trained in countries like Brazil and South Africa through the collaboration with the state government.
“We are also discussing with off-takers like Dangote to see how they will take part. We can also work very closely with the state government to send trainees to Thailand, Brazil and South Africa,” Jelani said.