December 8, 2015

NMDC trains 40 graduates on foundry practice

By Gabriel Ewepu

 JOS- THE National Metallurgical Development Centre, NMDC, has trained over 40 graduates under the foundry practice programme for youth empowerment of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN.

The Director General, NMDC, Prof Ibrahim Madugu, who disclosed this in office in Jos, Plateau State, said the programme was tagged: “Training Young Men who are Job Seekers in Foundry Practice,” and lasted for one week.

He also said the programme focused on material selection, melting and casting, and also put participants through the rudiments of foundry processing.

Madugu said: “The boys were involved in melting and casting, they also went through all the various rudiments of foundry processing, including how they could build the foundry plant and what are the essence of the foundry plant, and they were all taught that here.

“For the North-Central, we had 38 able young men and two young women; these are with qualification of National Diplomas. We are also extending this to the National Youth Service Corps, because you don’t wait for government to create jobs for you.

“We want the government to create clusters of foundry industries in the six geopolitical zones. It will aid these people by providing funds for them and if SMEDAN could do this, it will go a long way and we can help to fabricate the furnaces. The furnace is the major component of the materials, which government will fund and also give initial take off fund. We will leave them alone and see how they do in three years’ time. We will be monitoring them for any challenge in terms of quality control.

“The aim is to create jobs and also be job creators, and SMEDAN paid for them and will train foundry men in the North-Central geopolitical zone. The basic qualification is that the individual should have the level of technical college, BSc in engineering, and OND, with O’ level including chemistry and physics.

“What we are begging government is to conduct such a training workshop in the six geopolitical zones of the country. This will help to popularise the idea of foundry in machinery, spare part productions and for use in domestic items like grinding plates for pepper, maize, manhole covers, and gray cast iron.”

However, he further explained that foundry could also stand as foundation for industrialisation and equally to maintain industrial output.

“Once an industry is working there will be broken down machinery and spare parts needed, some of these parts are machine parts, some are produced by casting in foundry plants but we don’t have the foundries in Nigeria.

“The foundries we have in Nigeria are not more than five for a population of 180 million people, while India has over 5, 000 foundries both ferrous and non-ferrous types of foundries.

“We as a centre have the different types of furnaces that could be used in foundry business; to produce different types of spare parts for vehicles, domestic and agriculture machine components.