Union seeks FG support to train 5,000 mechanics on CNG vehicles


By Aluta News

Dec 8, 2023

The Amalgamated Union of Motor Mechanics and Technicians of Nigeria (AUOMMATON) has appealed to the government to support its efforts in manpower development for auto-based artisans.

AUOMMATON National President, Mr Oseni Suleiman, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

Suleiman said the union was seeking Federal Government’s backing in training no fewer than 5,000 mechanics and technicians in the conversion of petrol-powered vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

According to him, the union is determined to embark on the training of its members in order to support the Federal Government’s drive towards sustainable energy sources to reduce carbon emissions into to the environment.

He also appealed to Mr Nyesom Wike, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to help the union by providing an enabling environment–land allocation, modern training, working tools, among others to enable the artisans to learn the conversation process.

Suleiman said that the 5,000 artisans would be from its 35 million members across the country.

He further said that the conversion technical know-how would be of immense benefits to the trainees.

He said that the union members had been complimenting government’s efforts at various levels and different mechanics associations previously.

The national president expressed optimism that the union collaborating with the government policies at all levels would sustain the renewed hope of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“In line with the programme of Federal Government of Nigeria on conversion from Petrol to CNG in automobile, we have already put plans in place for the training of more Nigerian Mechanics and technicians, men and women.

“We shall soon begin to reach out to various state governments in Nigeria, corporate individuals, private companies, individuals and well-meaning Nigerians for possible sponsorship of our proposed trainees. `

“About five thousand of our artisans are already earmarked for the training in batches across the country, “ he said.

The president added that the union was set to deepen efforts towards making sure that Nigerian youths were gainfully engaged by using their hands.


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