The Lagos State government has commenced the training of some unemployed graduates in Auto-Maintenance and Repair skills as part of its policy of job creation for unemployed youths in the State.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony for the 50 beneficiaries of the training, Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Pharma. Uzamat Akinbile –Yussuf said the dearth of white collar jobs which accounts for the high rate of unemployment among university graduates led the present administration to initiate valuable and qualitative vocational skills training opportunities.

She informed that the Ministry is collaborating with Automedics Training Institute to train the 50 screened/tested unemployed graduates for 6 months in – Auto Diagnosis, Auto Electrical, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) as well as Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Maintenance and Repairs.

The Commissioner added that participants, after the program, would be qualified for an internship with haulage, transport and heavy generator maintenance and repair companies that are associates of Automedics or be gainfully employed in the Automobile sector.

Akinbile-Yussuf said, “Basic education gives each individual a basis for the development of potential, laying a foundation for employability while training and skills development covers the full sequence of life stages and also gives greater freedom for income generation”.

She stated that the Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) of the State government would also provide opportunities for the programme’s graduates since 5000 fully air-conditioned buses would be involved in the initiative.

The Commissioner noted that the six-month training programme is a huge investment on the part of the Lagos State government, saying that attendance and punctuality will be strictly monitored while guarantors of participants who stop midway will be liable to refund the amount spent by the State Government to train such individuals.

The Chief Executive Officer of Automedics, Mr. Kunle Sonaike appreciated the Ambode-led administration for seeking out his organisation to impact the younger generation positively.

He assured the trainees of becoming modern automobile technicians after the training programme, “if they are ready to soil their hands”.

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