The executive vice chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna has lauded the training of 100 youth plumbers in Ibadan, Oyo State and pushed it as an avenue to stop the loss of capital to technical jobs being outsourced to foreigners and migrants.
Haruna, who was speaking during the skills acquisition sessions, flagged off the training themed “Modern methods of plumbing and its application” today (September 26, 2022) at the state capital, explained that the programme is in furtherance of the nationwide empowerment and job creation for youths by the Federal Government.
Recall that a similar exercise was kicked off in Kebbi State recently (in August), where youths from the area were trained and given modern farming tools.
The NASENI boss posited that the training of over 100 youths drawn from different local government areas of the state aimed to empower the young people with new skills and modernise activities of artisans in the vocation.
According to him, NASENI was carrying out the directive of the chairman of its governing board, President Muhammadu Buhari. “The time has come to put an end to the habit of giving out technical jobs meant for Nigerians to foreigners or migrants from neighbouring countries, hence President Buhari’s approval of the ongoing special training for plumbers in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“President Buhari’s intention is the prosperity of the youths and job satisfaction, so they can take plumbing seriously and move to the highest level of efficiency and professionalism.”
The trainees are part of the first phase of the programme targeted at those already in the profession. The capacity-building focuses on reskilling the plumbers to handle installations and maintenance of plumbing works with modern techniques, tools, diagnostics and equipment.
According to the study carried out which led to the presidential directive, it was observed in the Ibadan metropolis that delivery of plumbing works had become problematic because residents and house owners experience poor jobs and finishing of plumbing works. The training programme is, therefore, targeted at addressing such challenges for professionals and making plumbing knowledge-based for youths, helping them get in tune with modern plumbing methods and further upgrade their skills.
Also speaking at the event, the chairman of the occasion, the member representing Ibadan North Federal Constituency and the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Science Research Institutes, Hon. Musiliudeen Akinremi said Ibadan dwellers remained grateful to President Buhari and NASENI for the intervention.
He said the youths and their empowerment had become the most critical socio-economic programme for the sustenance of any modern economy and also a glimpse into “the idea of what the future of the country will look like”.
The lawmaker also disclosed that the youth empowerment programme was central to his legislative agenda. He called on his constituents to count the zone lucky to be the first beneficiary of the programme in southwest.
He charged the trainees to use the equipment and tools to help themselves to increase their efficiency in carrying out their tasks on site.
The presidential mandate to NASENI in the ongoing exercise is to empower young people across the 36 states with critical vocational skills lacking in their environs, to help them upgrade their skills’ set, improve efficiency and gain advance knowledge.
The high point of the event was the presentation of state-of-the-art plumbing equipment, tools and diagnostic kits worth millions of naira to the youths.
A statement by NASENI’s deputy director, information, Mr. Olusegun Ayeoyenikan said the tools handed over to the plumbers included PPR machine, drilling machine, pressure-testing machine, plum, plunger, mechanical tools’ box, sets of spanners, pipe wrench, punch, set of chisels, ratchet socket spanner box and gas piler. Other safety equipment given to the trainees included safety shoes, eye goggles, mechanical hand gloves amongst others.