The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), has said that investment in automotive design will help boost employment opportunities in the country.
The Director-General, Mr. Jelani Aliyu, disclosed this on Saturday, saying that investment in automotive design is another means to curb unemployment in Nigeria.
Aliyu stated this in his address in Owerri, during the closing ceremony of a two-week training in automotive design, organised by the council in partnership with Coscharis Technologies Limited.
He noted that the employment opportunities in automotive design had made it necessary for Nigerian youths to join the league of global players in the sector in order to make a good living.
Aliyu charged participants during the training programme to remain part of the innovative process of nation’s automotive industry.
He hinted that the NADDC will not fail in its constitutional responsibility to create job opportunities through skills training and engagement of unemployed youths in order to locally produce vehicles.
“Today marks the beginning of a journey to reshape the Nigerian automobile industry and that of the world in general.
” I charge you to take this seriously. We look forward to working with you to further develop the design and automobile industry of our economy,” Aliyu said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, Coscharis Group, Mr. Cosmas Maduka, appealed to the participants to continue to pursue their dreams.
The Coscharis Chief Executive, who was represented by Mr. Clement Nnedu, pointed out that their perseverance and hard work would be rewarded if they put the skills acquired during the training to effective use.
According to him; “you have exerted yourselves in the last two weeks and you must not relent in pursuing your dreams. Put the skills you have acquired to good use and the sky will be your limit”.
Moreover, the Chairman, Governing Board, NADDC, Sen. Osita Izunaso, said the council is committed to economic growth through youth emancipation.
Izunaso, who was also represented by a member of the board, Mr. Lambart Ekewube, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for the training and solicited more youth-friendly programmes.
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