Skill acquisition, panacea for self-reliance, others, Says MD AMTDI

By Suru Charles

Skill acquisition, according to the acting Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development Institute (AMTDI), Jalingo, Engineer Christopher Tanko John, is for productivity, employability and self-reliance.

John, who stated this weekend in Jalingo, at the opening ceremony of a two-week capacity building, said the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), which is the parent Agency of AMTDI, is designed to conduct development work in the area of manufacturing and as such, it is capable of coordinating the proliferation of technologies developed either within or outside of its Centres including patents.

Stating that the importance of human capital development in achieving socio-economic growth of the nation cannot be overemphasised, the training, as made known by him, “is the beginning of another phase in the implementation of the Institute’s core mandate.”

While encouraging the participants to exhibit appropriate and corresponding interest, zeal, the right attitude, resilience and good character to be able to learn, assimilate and put to practice the knowledge that will be acquired, he believes the programme will prepare them for a brighter future.

Adding that “it will make them contribute positively to the socio-economic development of Taraba State in particular and Nigeria in general.”

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He pointed out that the training is in line with the vision and desire of NASENI’s Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive, Engineer Professor Mohammed Sani Haruna in ensuring the rapid technological growth of Nigeria and as such, has placed so much premium on training.

According to him, “It would be recalled that NASENI recently flagged off a nationwide youth empowerment and skill acquisition programme on modern farming techniques in Kebbi State”.

The training which as affirmed by him “is not only providing skills to individuals” would as well go a long way to invest in the lives of a productive generation that will ensure and guaranteed source of livelihood for families as well as eradicate youth restiveness and ultimately, enhance the industrial development of Taraba State and the nation in general.

Haruna noted that at the end of the training, participants would be provided with start-up kits such as welding machines, hand gloves, vice, grinder, hacksaw, safety boots and overall donated by the sponsors.

He reiterated that the training will not be a one-off thing as there would be training in Machine design, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and Digital modelling and fabrication (3D Printing).

Aligning her weight to that of John, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Dr Hanatu Danjuma, hinted that the training is to create wealth and to make the trainees contribute positively to the development of the state.

Also speaking, other dignitaries such as the Rector of the State Polytechnic, Dr Abarshi Ayuba Ibrahim, the Centre Manager for Technology Incubation Centre (TIC), Terkura Gaadi, the manager, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Bala Yusuf, called on the participants to take advantage of the training.

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