By Goodluck Ikiebe
Engr Idris Hassan
In the efforts to reduce youth unemployment and restiveness, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, set up an ultra modern skills acquisition centre to address the problems.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Automobile, Engr Idris Hassan, said the result of the centre known as Aliko Dangote Skills Acquisition Centre, is the peace being enjoyed by the people in Kano.
He told our Senior Correspondent in an exclusive interview that the peace reigning in Kano is not by miracle, but by the Governor Ganduje’s Administration full engagement of youths in productive sector of the economy.
Engr Hassan said the journey started when the Governor convened a Seminar to look into how the youths could be engaged positively during his early stage of his administration.
“The outcome of the seminar was what led to the setting up of the Aliko Dangote Skills Acquisition Centre, designed to offer 20 vocational training skills like Automotive Mechanics/Electronics, Metal Machine, Electrical Installation, Carpentry, Solar, Fashion/Cake design. ”
Engr Hassan noted that one of such centres is in South Africa with sixteen types of skills, but the Kano Centre is equipped with twenty vocational skills, making it the first in Africa.
He explained that the centre was named after a prominent industrialist from the state, Aliko Dangote, as an honour because of his ingenious talent, wisdom and business acumen which will serve as a motivation and tonic for the Youths to emulate.
” Governor Ganduje named it after him so that the youths can learn from Dangote’s talent and his workaholic style despite being the richest man in Africa” he remarked.
On funding, Engr Hassan, said the state government solely funded the centre, even the equipment were brought from UK, where we reached agreement with the manufacturers to train our Graduate youths on how to operate and maintain the machines.
“40 graduates were selected to be trained, but due to COVID-19 pandemic, they have not gone. We are exploring other ways to achieve the goal either through online or the experts come to Kano.
The governor’s Special Adviser on Automobile explained that in order to make the centre self sustaining, Governor Ganduje has approved that it should be private sector driven devoid of civil service bureaucracy.
“So far, over 400 youths have been trained in Automobile Mechanics Engineering plus another set of 200 youths just admitted to be trained at Peugeot Automobile Nigeria company, PAN”.
Engr Hassan said the Ganduje led administration in Kano, reached an MoU agreement with PAN on training one thousand youths, after which certificate of completion will be issued to them from France.
“After graduation, Governor Ganduje, always give them set of tools including computer , to start up, and we have opened ten automobile service centres with car wash attached, for those staying back in Kano” Engr Idris Hassan concluded.