Auto mechanics

SMEDAN allows automotive mechanics to deepen their skills

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has enabled auto mechanics to deepen their skills in servicing a wide range of vehicles and processes and introduce them to the latest diagnostic technologies.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the mechatronics training program in Lagos, SMEDAN Managing Director, Mr. Olawale Fasanya congratulated the graduates, saying they are able to gain hands-on experience under the watchful eye of a professional/mentor.

Fasanya said the objective of the mechatronics commercialization enhancement initiatives is to ensure the survival and growth of the Nigerian automotive industry by utilizing local, human and material capital with a view to enhancing the contribution of industry to the national economy.

According to DG SMEDAN, the Agency found it necessary to intervene in this sector because of the huge automobile market in Nigeria with the technological know-how that comes with it. The training they will have received will strengthen their capacities in the use of the equipment that will be given to them.

He noted that it is important to understand that technology is the future of any sector, urging recipients to put the knowledge acquired during the training to good use.

He added that “As a Federal Government Agency established to ensure the sustainable growth and development of the micro, small and medium enterprise sub-sector of the economy, SMEDAN has initiated and is implementing several programs/ projects to achieve its mandate. These programs and projects are expected to increase the number of MSMEs from the current 39 million while also increasing the number of jobs in MSMEs from the current 61 million.

Fasanya also said that the results showed that more than 85% of vehicles imported into Nigeria each year are classified as damaged or used vehicles with serious implications on maintenance, saying that the progressive use of research results in the development and manufacture of vehicles has changed direction. of the usual manual system for diagnosing automotive problems.

He added that there is no doubt that several incompetent mechanics across Nigeria are causing more damage to vehicles, saying that “it is in the quest of the Agency to add value to the service industry automobiles that we have launched training in mechatronics.