Lagos trains unemployed graduates in automobile maintenance skills

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, has embarked on the training of unemployed graduates as a fulfillment of his job creation policy.

According to report, while flagging off the on-boarding ceremony of the first 50 recipient of the training in Alausa, Ikeja, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, the Lagos State Commissioner of Wealth and Job Creation, said that the high rate of unemployment in the state led the state government to bring up this initiative to empower graduates with vocational skills which is less expensive than academic educational programmes and expected to give them more freedom to generate income.

The commissioner hinted that the ministry will be collaborating with Automedics Training Institute in Ikeja to train the 50 selected unemployed graduates for six months in: Auto Diagnosis, Auto Electrical, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), as well as Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Maintenance and Repair.

After the completion of the six months training, the trainees would be qualified for internship with haulage, transport and heavy generator maintenance and repair companies that are associates of Automedics or may take up full employment in the automobile sector.

The commissioner also explained that the Bus Reform Initiative of the Lagos State Government would also provide job opportunities for graduates from this programme, since 5,000 fully air-conditioned buses would be involved in the initiative and would require maintenance over time.

She told the trainees that attendance and punctuality will be duly monitored and the guarantors of trainees who fail to complete the training would refund the amount spent by the government to train such participants.

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