TRUCKMASTERS Nigeria Limited has graduated the first set of truck technicians aimed at arresting the dearth of trained manpower, especially in truck maintenance in Nigeria. Speaking at the graduation ceremony on Friday at the Ikeja Office, the Managing Director, Mr. Tony Arenyeka, explained that the Truckmaster Academy’s programme is a baby of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA.
The training programme, which started 18 months ago, turned out 20 young technicians in different areas of specialisation. The Truckmaster boss, while addressing the technicians, said: “Today, we are producing technicians who have identified their areas of motivation and specialisation in electrical/electronics, mechanical, panel beating and spraying and workshop administration.’’
According to him, ‘’ this noble initiative will no doubt contribute to improving quality of life of Nigerians through availability of competent hands to handle problems of maintenance bedevilling our transport industry, as we have increased the pool of skilled labour and reduced the menace of quack mechanics.”
Commending the efforts of the Industrial Training Fund and NECA in supporting their programme, he said they plan to commence a new stream of intakes very soon, adding that the academy will introduce advanced specialist areas in diesel injector repairs, tyre centre management, battery and electrical shop repair and air conditioning recovery specialist.
Speaking on the benefits of the training to the young technicians, Mr. Arenyeka noted that 50 years ago, a secondary school education was sufficient for getting a good job to support a family. But in 21 Century Nigeria, it takes some form of post secondary education to get such a job. ‘’Millions of university graduates have no jobs. Therefore, in making the decision to take the path of this vocation study and certification, you have opened up a door to a whole new world of opportunity,”he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Director General, ITF, Mrs. Juliet Chukkas Onaeko said the training is a government strategy not only aimed at promoting youth development and reducing unemployment rate among Nigeria young people, but also in developing a pool of technical skilled hands that can arrest the dearth of trained manpower, especially in truck maintenance.