12 November 2020 By Mathew Ayoola
The National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, has trained about three hundred Mechanics and Auto Technicians on repair and maintenance of Heavy Duty Vehicles in the Country
The Director General of NADDC, Mr Jelani Aliyu made this known at the virtual closing ceremony of a two week mechatronics training held in Kano State.
Mr Aliyu said the training became necessary in view of recent rising cases of road traffic crashes involving tankers, trailers and other heavy duty vehicles with its attendant losses of lives and property across the Country.
He stated that the Council therefore 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 its contributions towards nipping in the bud the problem.
“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 system hence the need for regular training and retraining of stakeholders in the sector” Mr Aliyu explained.
According to him, the two weeks training is one of the focal elements of the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan, NAIDP of the Council.
The Director General stated that the Council had already concluded arrangements for establishment of Automotive Specialized Training Centres in the six geo-political zones of the Country.
He added that the Centres would be located in Zamfara, Bauchi, Lokoja, Oshogbo, Benin and Abakaliki as parts of efforts to further develop the nation’s automotive industry.
In a goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doctor Sani-Gwarzo said the Ministry would continue to support NADDC towards achieving its mandate.
Some of the beneficiaries of the training, Abdullahi Hussain and Bello Mohammed commended NADDC for the two weeks training.
Certificates and empowerment tools were presented to the participants.