Toyota partners NIMECHE, donates N10m automobile equipment
Toyota Nigeria Limited has donated automobile equipment worth about N10 million to the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers(NIMECHE).This is to support higher institutions in the country that specialise in training automobile and mechanical engineering.
At the handing over ceremony of the tools by Toyota and NIMECHE executives to the benefiting institutions in Lagos, Head of Spare Parts Department of Toyota Nigeria, Ravinder Kumar Sharma said the donation was informed by the need to encourage students to have practical knowledge of automobile, see and study the functions of the automobile parts.
“The students having been trained in the theoretical aspect of the automobile industry, these tools, over 28, will help them learn faster other aspects of the automobile industry. They will be able to see for themselves and be informed about what operations and functions it performs to vehicles and so help them more along with the theoretical part of the their study.”
Also speaking, a Senior Assistant Manager, Administration and Human Resources, Kola Ogundari observed that in the Nigerian environment, particularly in institutions, there is the dearth of knowledge of the automobile sector which often encourage bringing in expatriate.
He said the equipment will therefore go a long way in self-development and in getting the country out of recession.“We need to believe in ourselves that we can do it. All the great nations that we talk about like Japan, America and other developed nations, started like us and we need to start doing something now so that we can pass the knowledge to our younger and realise our dreams of a greater nation.”
National Chairman of NIMECHE, Ugochukwu Nzurumike, represented by the Secretary General, AkintayoAkintola, in an interview with the Guardiansaid Mechanical engineering is the bedrock of engineering, hence there was the need to give it a place of recognition in the heart of the younger generation, to move the country forward in every aspect.
“We appreciate Toyota for the gesture and the partnership. They have all these facilities and instead of keeping it in their stores as subsidy materials, they see it as things we can use as learning tools for upcoming generations. It is parts of what we can do to make our institutions better.”
Some of the representatives of the over 10 benefiary institutions, who spoke; Kayode Afuye, from Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti and the Director of Academic Planning, Kano State University of Science and Technology, Aminu Ahmed, expressed gratitude to Toyota and NIMECHE for the gesture.
They noted that the equipment will go a long way in promoting academic excellence in the learning and development of automobile engineering in the country.