Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), an agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the MotorMechs and Technicians of Nigeria (MOMTAN), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the training of auto technicians across the country.
At the signing ceremony in Abuja, the Director General of NACETEM, Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma, said the MoU will bring into fore a cooperative relationship geared towards addressing auto technology challenges that individuals cannot handle.
He said: “Today, this agreement will providing the solution and process in which the parties will collectively address that cannot be addressed individually thereby provide the most promising path, to advance capacities and capabilities building and consultancy services in science technology and innovation.
According to Ukwuoma, the Centre though based at the University of Ife, Osun State, is an agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology vested with training and development of middle level manpower, policy research in science technology and innovation (STI).
The DG commended MOMTAN for its efforts in the signing ceremony. “I’m happy that today has come and I know that the implementation of the various training programme for the mechanics will be successful.
“NACETEM is a technology training centre for middle level manpower because we deal with mechanical actions”, he said
He said the time has come for the country’s auto sector to embrace digital solution in solving challenges facing repairs of cars, adding: “Today the world is going digital and that is going to be our first module in the training programme.”
According to him, if technicians are not trained, it means they will be left behind because most motors and cars now are going digital and not manual, adding that they will need to know how to use computer to analyze problems in autos.
“So they need education in that area ax they cannot give what they don’t have. Today areas of guess work should be minimized in cars.
“This MoU will also be a joint effort for corporate organisations to come in and also help in sponsorship of their programmes. Here at NACETEM to do the training and certification for them as this will minimise the use of guess in faulty cars and motors.
In his remark, the Chairman of MOMTAN, Sulaiman Oseni, expressed happiness that the MoU will enrich and add value to the capacity of the technicians in auto-engineering.
Oseni said: “We have informed ourselves that we want the partnership to deal essentially with training of mechanics and technicians.
“We found out that there are people that doesn’t recognise their social responsibility, some recognises it but doesn’t perform it.
“So on the side of government which is NACETEM and the public which is auto mechanics and technicians, we want to partner to begin to demand for this social responsibilities of groups of MDAs to be offered to our members.”