Kano trains 72 youths in au­to­mo­bile skills

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Maryam Ah­madu-Suka, Kaduna

A to­tal of 72 youths from Kano State have re­ceived train­ing in auto mech­a­nism, auto mecha­tron­ics, auto panel beat­ing and weld­ing and auto spray paint­ing at the Peu­geot Au­to­mo­bile Nige­rian (PAN) Learn­ing Cen­tre in a bid to bridge the skills and man­power de­vel­op­ment gap in the state.

The trainees who un­der­went an eight month course at the cen­tre, have also been trained on In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT), de­fen­sive driv­ing skills and en­trepreneur­ship skills to en­sure that they are well equipped for the labour mar­ket.

Speak­ing at the cen­tre, the Gov­er­nor of Kano State, Dr. Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje, said the ge­n­e­sis of bring­ing the youths to the PAN Train­ing Cen­tre was to bridge the gap in skills and man­power de­vel­op­ment in the state.

He said that the state gov­ern­ment was build­ing an ul­tra-mod­ern skills ac­qui­si­tion cen­tre where 24 skills would be taught, adding that they would part­ner with Kaduna in as­pects that re­late to au­to­mo­bile after com­plet­ing the cen­tre.

The Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of PAN, Mr. Ibrahim Boyi, said: “One of the big­gest chal­lenges we face as a na­tion is youth un­em­ploy­ment. With the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, any gov­ern­ment that has taken it as a pri­mary role to boost and grow youth em­ploy­ment de­serves com­men­da­tion.”

He noted that the trainees ex­hib­ited the in­dus­tri­ous­ness of Kano peo­ple who were known to be the lead­ers of in­dus­try and urged then to be good am­bas­sadors of the cen­tre by show­cas­ing the skills they ac­quired.

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