Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah has urged members of the Sector Skills Council, SSC, to work tirelessly towards improving the skills within the automotive sub sector.
This was contained in his speech delivered during the inauguration of the Sector Skills Council by the National Automotive Design and development council, NADDC in Abuja.
While describing the event as a milestone in the development of technical and vocational education in the country, he stressed the need for educational institutions in the country to start liaising with the industry to produce graduates that meets industry requirements.
“I believe this project will go a long way to improve skills within the automotive sub sector. I encourage the nominees to the SSC to work tirelessly towards achieving their mandate.
“It is disheartening that after spending many years in school, industry still finds our graduates skill level inadequate. Over the years, companies have had to retrain their new graduate staff to meet the required skill level. It is therefore imperative that our educational institutions begin to actively liaise with industry and produce graduates the meets industry requirement.”
“The NADDC has been involved in the training of both high and lower level manpower for the automotive sector. These efforts by the Council present a veritable platform for the successful launch of Sector Skills Council for the automotive sector.
“I believe it is with this in mind the NBTE choose NADDC to be the Sector Skills Council for the automotive sector.
“Technology in the auto sector is advancing continually, it is therefore important that we continue to seek to improve our manpower so as to keep abreast with new technologies.” He said
Dr Enelamah noted that the plan seeks to make Nigeria a major auto manufacturing hub, thus utilise our local human and material resources.
“The local content and skill development component of policy will be boosted to achieve the desired result. The automotive development plan is of the key parts of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan, NIRP.” He said
Speaking further, he reiterated the Ministry’s commitment in creating an enabling environment for industry, trade and investment to thrive in Nigeria.
Earlier the Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, Engineer Aminu Jalal stated that the SSC would greatly alleviate the shortage of skilled manpower for the automotive sector.
He further added that with the help of SSC industries will be able to ensure that the skills trainees receive will be adequate for the needs in their various industries.
“This will make our graduates more employable thereby reducing unemployment in the country.” He said.

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