Osun Sends 31 Graduates To Germany For Training In Automobile Mechatronic

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

Osun state government has concluded plans to send 31 selected unemployed graduates to Germany for a two-month intensive training in automobile mechatronic.

Addressing the beneficiaries on Monday, 2nd June, 2014 at a function held at the Government House, Osogbo, the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, noted that the training was to enhance acquisition of skills intended and ensure self employment.

Governor Aregbesola said the training was aimed at enhancing capacity building of local artisans most of whom lack the requisite knowledge on how to repair computerised modern vehicles being used in the country today.

Aregbesola said on their return, the beneficiaries would be assembled at Bola Ige Mechatronic Institute to be sited at Osun State College of
Technology, Esa-Oke which would be a training ground for local artisans to update their knowledge and skills on how to repair all aspects of modern automobiles.

He said the training would provide a ready-made pool of skilled artisans who would service the automobile industry and help in the development of the state economy.

Aregbesola held that the Automobile Mechatronic Institute became necessary because the capacity to maintain an automobile in the country is so low despite the high demand for cars by Nigerians.

The Governor said the institute which is the first in the country would go a long way in boosting the economy of the state and serve as a means of empowering Osun youths.

Governor Aregbesola who noted that the beneficiaries with engineering background would embark on the foreign trip on Thursday, 5th June, 2014, pointed out that they would serve as trainers for the local roadside mechanics whom he described as the highest beneficiaries of the mechatronic institute because cars of today are now built with modern day technologies.

Governor Aregbesola said the manual for the training institute will be made in the local language for the purpose of easy understanding by the local mechanics adding that the institute would be followed by the building of automobile villages which would have the capacity to build vehicles.

He noted the institute was named after the late chief Bola Ige because of the love he {Ige} had for technological knowledge noting that the late Ige represented everything technology means.

Aregbesola explained that about one billion naira committed for the project was an intervention soft loan provided by the National Automotive Council using part of its Auto Development Fund Loan Scheme domiciled with the Bank of Industry (BOI).

In her speech, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Federal Matters who is also the Chairperson of the Mechatronics Institute Committee, Idiat Babalola, stated that the Governor decided to create the institute a s result of the determination to develop the people of Osun, especially the youths.

She described the gesture to establish the mechatronics village as means to further empower the youths of Osun so that they can become entrepreneurs and make a living for themselves.

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