Zonal Automotive Solidworks Software Capacity Building Opens In Bauchi

By Khalid Idris Doya 

The Solid-works Design and Software Capacity Building training organized by National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) currently going on North East zone geared to revive the automotive industry in the country while providing jobs to the unemployed youths for self-reliance.

The Director-General of the u National Automotive Design and Development Council, Mr. Jelani Aliyu said that the training programme came up as a result of skills shortage especially among the youths in the Nigerian automotive industry.

Mr. Jelani Aliyu who was speaking while declaring opened a Northeast capacity building workshop on solidworks software design for automotive design skills held at DEC Bauchi state on , stressed the need for empowering the youths in the industry across the six zones with 18 participants in each zones who would step down the skills to others.

Mr. Aliyu who was represented by a director of research and development with the council, Dr. Fidelis Mfewase Achiv, revealed that the programme has so far covered four zones with the current Northeast becoming the fifth one and 90 participants on the basis of three participants per state.

“From here we are going to the South South to complete the training there, and the beauty of this was that all the trainees have been able to grasped the special skills of the software with some of them already starting designing components for the council”.

The director-general further explained that some of the trainees are designing components and selling to the international market, with most of them self-employed and employers of labour, and no longer running from pillar to post looking for jobs, and getting money at their own comfort.

He said, “We are going to impact them with this knowledge, after which they are also expected to use the same and design components. It doesn’t really mean that these components must be an automotive base, they can be either mechanical or electrical components provided the designed components can sell to the markets”.

“Components that they can go to the engineering workshop and manufacture and sell, components that can solve engineering problems. So, it is a challenge to them as we are going to give them all the skills they require to get that done, just as we have done in other places”, Mr Jelani said.

“The NADDC automotive design and manufacturing initiative fosters the fabrication of spare parts using local raw materials by Nigerians in order to reduce dependence on imported parts thereby creating much greater opportunities for the Nigerian youth empowerment and job creation,” Mr Jelani Aliyu concluded.

Some of the training participants, Abubakar Adamu Mai Salati and Mr. Jacob from Yobe and Adamawa states respectively appreciated the council for the rare opportunity afforded them knowledge for software designing for different engineering applications.

They assured, “By the grace of God, we are going to add this knowledge to the youths in various environments of their respective states for its continued spread. This is the kind of things we are looking for from the government, hence we are happy and appreciative”. 

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