Israeli firm trains 50 artisans for car assembly plant in A’ Ibom
Isaac Job, Uyo
Israeli company specialized in manufacturing cars in the Middle East said it has concluded plans to train 50 Akwa Ibom indigenes in various units of car production process to kick off car assembly company in the state.
Speaking in Uyo on Thursday while conducting newsmen around the company facility, the Chief Operating Officer and Car Plant Technologist of Mimshack Car Assembly company, Mr Rolen Golan, said out of 150 automobile technicians screened, only 50 have been selected for onward departure to Israel for further training.
Golan said different units in which the artisans would be trained include tyre alignment and wheel balancing, electrical, Car Air condition repairs, Car Diagnosis using computer, mechanical section as well as Interior/upholstery unit.
The Car Plant Technologist disclosed that the first batch of the trainees will leave Akwa Ibom for Israel in the next one week after undergoing various tests to ascertain the technical capacity needed for the training in Israel.
Golen explained that Mimshack is the largest car manufacturing company with 45 years in car production business in Israel adding that the company will commence car production in Akwa Ibom using local and few imported raw materials.
He said the training will enable the artisans to contribute to training others in the factory when they return to the state.
“We are using cars here to test the artisans in various fields such as tyre alignment, electrical, painting, Air condition, upholstery and mechanical works.
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“The first batch of the trainees will leave Akwa Ibom for Israel to return in the next one month and join in the car production.
“Cars to be produced here include Minibuses, Luxurious buses and pleasure cars which are specifically built for Nigerian roads. ”
The Car plant Technologist listed factors that hindered car production in Akwa Ibom as Covid 19 pandemic, high forex index and the recent Ukraine war.
He, therefore, requested additional land for the company expansion adding that the present location is not enough for their operations.
The commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deepsea, Mr Emem Almond, said the state government has provided necessary facilities including finances as part of the counterpart funding for the project.
The commissioner for Economic Development, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the government has provided a dedicated power line to enhance uninterrupted power supply to the facility among others
He said the car plant is one of the industries established by Governor Udom Emmanuel through Public Private Partnership (PPP) which would provide jobs for over 3,000 indigenes of the state.
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