After three years of intensive automobile repair training, including internships in Nigeriaâ€™s foremost automobile companies, 40 young ladies sponsored by the MTN Foundation under the Lady Mechanic Initiative (LMI) have graduated as qualified automobile mechanics.
Thirty-five of them have secured employment in various automobile service centres across the country.
The MTN Foundation partnered with the Lady Mechanic Initiative three years ago to help young ladies who are under privileged to quit a life of financial dependency and start earning honest living through automobile repair work.
The MTN Foundation invested over N38 million to provide among others: practical training in auto mechanic at Pay & Train centres, theoretical lectures in mechanical engineering, monthly self-help lectures on social economic and health issues, 3 months industrial attachment at Peugeot Automobile Nigeria, Kaduna, driving test and provision of driverâ€™s license, Trade test certification and Internship programme at Mitsubishi, R.T. Briscoe, Elizade and Toyota
Minister for Women Affairs, Mrs. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, who represented President Yarâ€™ Adua at the ceremony, said that â€œwe are very pleased with this initiative because it aligns with President Musa Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s Seven Point Agenda. It is the sort of initiative we need in ourÂ country to help combat vices and crime, and we must commend it to other public-spirited individuals and corporate bodies,â€
Each of the successful graduands received a set of tools from the MTN Foundation, while the best three with outstanding results among them also received various gifts including a DVD mini Hi-Fi system, a microwave oven and a pressure cooker.
The Lady Mechanic Initiative was founded in 1985 by Sandra Aguebor-Ekperuoh, the first female mechanic in the country to shepherd indigent girls in the communities away from vices and crime into meaningful means of livelihood.