NASENI upgrades, empowers 100 Kano youths
Following complaints by car owners regarding dearth of qualified technicians, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), yesterday, opened a five-day training in Kano to address the issue.
The agency’s Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, explained that the auto-technical programme for Kano youths was a directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to retool young people in Kano, especially those already into auto-mechanics to effectively diagnose and maintain modern vehicles.
He said: “Without the training and retraining of current crop of Nigeria’s auto-technicians, they would continue to be thrown out of jobs and the larger society could not afford to allow such trend to continue, because of its negative socio-economic implications.
“Therefore, the intervention could not have come at a better time.” According to him, Nigeria needs massive upgrade of persons with technical skills, knowledge and vocations across the federation to redirect the productive competencies of the country toward launching the nation into a manufacturing economy.
Also speaking Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, lauded NASENI for the workshop, noting that the programme has addressed unemployment and frustrations of automobile owners.
He stated that the intervention in the skills’ upscaling of auto technicians was a direct economic empowerment of families in the North West state.
Modern tools and diagnostic kits worth millions of naira were handed over to the 100 participants in the metropolis. Kano is the third state to witness the programme. The agency had taken same training to Kebbi and Oyo in the current administration’s bid to create 10 million jobs.