The ongoing training/ capacity development programmes established by the Council to abridge the gap between skilled and unskilled auto technicians through continuous technical and vocational education training has reached new heights as the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) in collaboration with SIMBA Group train 86 auto technicians on repair and maintenance of tricycles and motorcycles in Gombe State.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the (5) days training programme held at Federal College of Education Technical Gombe on 12th November 2021, the Director General NADDC, Mr Jelani Aliyu MFR said the automotive mechatronics training and skill acquisition programme put together by NADDC and SIMBA Group is an intervention programme aimed at developing the capacities of repair and maintenance of tricycles and motorcycles by auto mechanics, electricians and other auxiliary service providers in Nigeria.
Jelani said the Council in collaboration with SIMBA Group had concluded series of training for tricycle and motorcycle technicians across the country as response to the call on rising cases of road traffic crashes involving tricycles, motorcycles and other vehicles across the country with its attendant loss in human life and property, adding that over 5,000 technicians have been trained since commencement of the programme in 2012.
He urged the trainees to make absolute use of the knowledge acquired to better their lives and add value to the society.
The NADDC Boss also enjoined all stakeholders to continue to partner with the Council to drive the Nigerian auto industry to its well- deserved place globally.
“Let me use this occasion to express our appreciation to our training partner (SIMBA Group) for extending their hands of fellowship to collaborate with the Council any time they are called upon”.
In the same vein, the SIMBA Group northern co- ordinator Mr Kamlesh Pitale in his goodwill message was full of appreciation to NADDC for the opportunity and platform to contribute in training young Nigerians on repairs and maintenance of SIMBA products.
He also charged the trainees to take the message and knowledge of what they learnt, make use of it and pass it on the communities.
Similarly, the provost Federal College of Education Technical, Gombe State Dr. Ali Boderi commended the efforts of NADDC in developing the auto industry in Nigeria.
The Provost was highly impressed with the supports received from the Council and was passionately interested in the training Centre set up by NADDC in the institution.
Dr. Ali said the institution shall remain indebted to NADDC and very ready for more collaboration with the Council.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries of the training programme, the Gombe state Chairman of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA) Engr. Alhaji Ahmed Waziri Usman Doma thanked NADDC and SIMBA for the kind gesture.
He called on all the members who were trained to use the knowledgeable judiciously for their benefits and improve the quality of services to humanity.