By Theodore Opara
The Truck Masters Academy, run by Truck Masters Nigeria Limited, has churned out 22 graduates after a 12 month intensive programme covering automobiles diagnosis and repairs.
Managing Director of the company, Mr. Tony Arenyeka who stated this during the graduation ceremony said “the mission of the academy is to provide technical skill acquisition through development of automobile maintenance competencies.
“The academy exists to bridge the skill gaps and promote the development of competent indigenous technical manpower to meet the increasing complexities of today’s vehicles following the challenging trends in the global automotive sector”.
According to the MD, “the Technical Skills Development Programme (TSDP) specifically designated Truckmasters as a focus centre for truck and heavy duty diesel engine training.
“The centre meets this expectation through the rich and diversified curriculum of the school designed to deliver integrated training diagnosis for heavy duty vehicles/equipment and passenger cars. Part of the curriculum promotes entrepreneurial capacity building in the participants targeted at reducing unemployment among Nigerian youths”. The TSDP is sponsored by Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and TruckMasters.
A renowned auto Engineer, Olufemi Esan, who delivered the graduation lecture, tasked the graduates to be close to their tools and update their knowledge from time to time.
In his lecture, he talked about new engineering technology, complete computer control system, hybrid technology, common rail technology, electric vehicle technology amongst others.
NECA’s Director of Projects, Mrs. Folusho Samuel, urged the new graduates to be focused and sincere in the pursuit of their dreams, just as the representative of ITF Director General, Mr. Pam Chuwang reiterated the Fund’s continues support to training programmes. In the same vein, the Managing Director of MDS Logistics, Mr. Taiwo Ajibola advised the trainees to be sincere in their dealings with clients.