By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—Dangote Group of companies, yesterday, said it has trained no fewer than 10,000 employees through the Dangote Academy, to address industrial skills gap in the country.
Group Executive Director of Dangote Group of companies, Mr. Victor Edwin, stated this during the inauguration ceremony of Junior Technician Scheme, Batch 3 & 4 of the company.
The company said it embarked on the 18 months training for the selected students to foster the acquisition of technical skills and leadership ability meant for capacity development and empowerment.
Inaugurating the new trainees at the Dangote Cement Plant, Obajana, Mr. Edwin said: “Most industries in Nigeria cannot rely solely on universities and colleges of technology to provide the specialised technical and managerial training required to run major modern industrial factories.
“It is, therefore, expected that at the end of the 18 months training, these 100 young Nigerians will become master technicians in any or more of the following areas namely— electrical installation and maintenance, automobile maintenance and instrumentation, welding and fabrication, machining and fitting and mechanical maintenance.”