Kano State Government has constructed 10 modern automotive service centres in parts of the state to enable youths trained in automobile mechanic and be gainfully employed, the Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced.
One of the workshops at Na’ibawa was commissioned by the governor while the second one at Race Course Road, was commissioned by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige.
Ngige was represented by Alhaji Ibrahim M.L. Jibia, the Director, Skills Development and Certification Department of the Ministry.
The governor said the service centres were constructed to serve as models and to enable the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) trainees to become creators of wealth and employers of labour.
“We trained these young men and women on various fields of automobile technology at PAN in Kaduna, under our flagship programme “MATASA MADOGARA”.
“As you can see we ensured gender balance in this empowerment initiative to encouraging women to pursue seemingly male-dominated careers,” Ganduje said.
The governor said that his administration, sponsored 72 youths for the training under the first batch, 150 in the second batch of 150 and now 200 youths in yet another batch would go for a similar programme.
He noted that government targetted to train 1,000 automotive artisans in the state.
Ganduje noted that modern vehicle models used in the country require specialized mechanics to repair them, pointing out that roadside mechanics can barely service computerised vehicles to the satisfactorily.
“That is why we constructed the service centres and equipped them with modern gadgets to give people value for their money and to promote safety on our roads,” he added.
On his part, Ngige enjoined the artisan to strive for excellence and to be honest in their dealings with customers.
The Managing Director of PAN, Malam Ibrahim Boyi, explained that the centres were specially constructed by the company for Kano State Government to provide efficient service delivery to vehicle owners, using the best available gadgets.
By our correspondent