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Kia, KOICA to strengthen automotive skills in Kogi


Kia Motors Nigeria has further deepened its commitment to human capacity development in the country through a tripartite partnership with Kogi State, and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

According to the organisation, the partnership is aimed at providing youths with a state-of-the-art vocational and technical training required to keep them at the same pace with engineers from other parts of the world.

The project known as KOICA-KOGI-KIA project (3Ks) is also expected to support the revitalisation of the sector in the state.Speaking at a meeting to discuss the strategic alliance, KOICA Country Director and Regional Representative, Sook Hyun Park, and Vice President KIA Motors, Olu Tikolo, met with Governor Yahaya Bello, to propose an agreement that is aimed at developing the TVET project.

The gap between the technical schools’ age-long curriculum and the fast paced technological development permeating the world over has made it imperative to bolster the quality of education of young engineers in Nigeria, Kia said.

It added that the Kia’s partnership with Kogi State and KOICA would equip the interns of the schools with the technical know-how that aligns them with technological advancements making wave across the globe.

KIA is expected to provide and share new technologies of automotive engineering in car manufacturing, and also support students of the Nigeria-Korea Friendship Institute of Vocational and Advanced Technology (NKFI), located in the state.Also, KOICA will coordinate with the Kogi State Government for the project initiation and commencement.

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