Kano state government under Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje fulfils its pledge on youth and women empowerment, through the empowerment of 3,846 on automobile mechanic and auto electric repairs and maintenance.
Apart from the stated number on auto mechanic and other electric repairs and maintenance, over 5,000 more people were trained on small scale businesses on agriculture and other sectors. While another 729 women and youth were trained as agricultural extension workers.
This was disclosed by governor Ganduje during a graduation ceremony of 60 youth, at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Tuesday, who were trained on heavy duty vehicle repairs and maintenance.
In his remarks he said "This is a milestone achievement graduation of 60 youth trainees after successful completion of 3 months training on heavy duty vehicle and maintenance. Who are trained in various fields of mechanical services."
Giving the breakdown of the trainees, he listed that, 34 of them were trained on general auto mechanic, 5 in auto electric repairs and maintenance, 16 in AC welding, 5 in gas welding, revealing that, "Another 140 will undergo similar training programme."
Ganduje discloses that, "I am just redeeming my pledge on the training and empowerment of our teeming youth. We also trained 2,690 tricycle and motorcycle operators on general maintenance."
He also revealed that, "A total number of 560 vulcanisers were trained on modern vulcanising. And the first batch of 72 youth were trained on modern automobile mechanic at Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria (PAN), Kaduna. Another 150 were sent as second batch."
Governor further reveals that, "As third batch, we sent another 200 youth, who are now on attachment. They will be finishing their programme in the next two months time. And I am assuring you that the four batch will take-off immediately after the graduation of the third batch."
Out of the 200 who were sent as 3rd batch, 150 are male and 50 female. Governor believes that, women should also be encouraged to become self-reliant and self-sufficient for their progress and development.
To ensure continued support for all such empowerment programmes, under auto mechanic training, the state government, established 10 service centres named "Matasa Madogara."
According to him, "Four service centres are competed in Kano Central Senatorial District, out of the 3 slated for Kano North, 1 is completed and 2 are ongoing. While the 3 Centres at Kano South are ongoing."
He said since in his first tenure in office, in 2015 he pledged that his government would come up with long time policies of training and re-training, "...of our youth for them to be self-reliant in many areas like ICT, agriculture, health care delivery system, among other areas," he stated.
It is on this aspect that, Ganduje administration trained 75 Fulani youth in far away Turkey, on artificial insemination. Adding that, "A total number of 729 women and youth were trained as Extension Workers."
At the graduation ceremony, where 60 youth trained on heavy duty vehicle repairs, all the beneficiaries were given working tools and the sum of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000) each.
He earlier commissioned Auto Service Centre, at Bayero University, Kano road, opposite Zone 1 Police Headquarters, in the Kano Central Senatorial Zone.
Ganduje commended the former Special Adviser on Automobile, Engineer Idris Hassan, for his unalloyed determination and unrelenting commitment towards the success of all the empowerment programmes related to his office.
"His seriousness and commitment helped much in our empowerment programmes that are related to his office. Engineer Idris Hassan deserves all commendation," Ganduje concludes.
Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor