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Group to train 500 female mechanics in Lagos, Abuja



The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMECHE) is set to train 500 females in auto- mechanic in Lagos and Abuja.
The National Chairman of NIMECHE,  Engr. Robinson Ejilah, at the inauguration ceremony of the girls into to the Girls Auto Squad Project in Abuja on Wednesday said the project was put together to address the problem of shortage of skillful population in the economy.READ ALSO: i-won-10-out-of-11-cases-in-court-without-bribing-judges-sen-alfa/
He also said the project would help in building the capacity of girls and young women through productive skill acquisition to enable them realise their potential, bridge the gender gap in the male dominated industry, create wealth, and build the nation’s GDP.
“While this project intends to achieve this on one hand, it also seeks to encourage gender inclusion and celebrate diversity as a deliberate social intervention project.Etsu Patigi’s reign was historic——- Waziri Gobir
“It is employed to close the gender gap in the hitherto male dominated automotive engineering sector in Nigeria by equipping socially vulnerable girls and young women with requisite technical skills and competences through empowering and training programmes,” he said.
Similarly speaking, the Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr Jelani Aliyu,  said that girls’ empowerment was key to economy development. READ ALSO:JUST IN..Buhari gives reasons why he declined assent to 5 bills
He explained that Nigerian need to look beyond certification to capacity of individuals, as what they could offer in the practical terms should be the factor for consideration for a job opportunity rather than what they studied in school.
According to him, in other climes in the world, certificate is not the basis of getting employed, but the skills acquisition is the basic necessity.
He, however, hinted that the council is  working with relevant stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria produces brand new vehicles at a very affordable prices. READ ALSO:Measles outbreak kills 13 children in Borno
The Chief Executive Officer of Auto Lady Synergy Company Limited,  Mrs Joyce Adams, said that Girls Auto Squad (GAS) was conceived as an advocacy and empowerment programme for disadvantaged girls especially the Internally Displaced Persons(IDP).
She said that GAS was a direct response to the several of challenges confronting young girls in urban centres, especially in the absence of educational support and extreme poverty.
Adams said that the first phase of the project would reach 500 beneficiaries in Lagos and Abuja.
She further said the females would acquire the rudiments and relevant knowledge of running a mobile maintenance enterprise during the one-year course.
“They would receive ongoing mentorship and business management assistance to ensure that their enterprises are not only profitable but successful and sustainable.
“The programme will provide a viable pipeline of skilled female technicians to establish their own entrepreneurial ventures by so doing the employment landscape will become more competitive and creative. READ ALSO: Saraki, PDP’s plots ahead of 9th assembly exposed
The programme was organised by Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMECHE) in collaboration with Nenis Auto Care and Auto Lady Synergy Company Limited, Abuja.

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