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NADDC trains 2000 mechanics on modern engineering skills


Aminu Jalal

Aminu Jalal

Plans are underway by the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) to train 2,000 mechanics in modern engineering skills.The Director-General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Aminu Jalal, stated this in Keffi, Nasarawa State recently at the opening of automotive technicians training curriculum development, equipment and tools support for country-wide capacity building and skills development in Nigeria.
He noted that since the development of the new curriculum, NADDC has carried out training of over 2000 mechanics in modern techniques engineering and improved productivity from 2013 to 2015.
He also identified lack of basic understanding of electrical and electronics system also known as ‘mechatronics’ used in manufacture of modern cars as one of the major reasons Nigerian auto-mechanics and engineers are not able to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts.
He also pointed out that lack of access to modern equipment, lack of modern workshop experience, low environmental consciousness, and poor safety standards also constitute a limiting factor to local auto engineers competitiveness with foreign contemporaries.
Jalal however explained that in order to reverse the capacity gap, NADDC in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and the auto industry came up with the production of a new curriculum to remedy the skill gap.
The NADDC boss explained that Nigerian auto mechanics needed to be exposed to competency based automotive mechatronics curriculum, instead of erstwhile mechanics trade test III, II, and I curriculum, saying that the new concept of modularization has now been included in all competence based education and training (CBET).
However, he advised that for best practices in curriculum development, there is the need for the country to review training curriculum once every five years. This, he said is to help local engineers and mechanics to keep abreast of latest innovations in the field. 

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