Handing over of modern plumbing tools to beneficiaries by the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI Prof Mohammed Sani Haruna.
About 100 youths in Ibadan, Oyo state have benefited from the Federal Government’s Youths empowerment programme aimed at giving new skills and modernizing activities of artisans in the plumbing vocation.
The training Organised by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), was part of its
nationwide empowerment and job creation for youths across the country.
The Executive Vice Chairman/ CEO NASENI, Prof Mohammed Haruna while addressing the participants in Ibadan said the Agency was carrying out President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on Executive order No. 5 to involve skilled Nigerians in the execution of contracts.
He said “the time had come to put an end to the habit of giving out technical jobs meant for Nigerians to foreigners or migrants from neighbouring countries”
He explained that the first phase of the programme was targeted at those who are already in the profession of plumbing by reskilling them to handle installations and maintenance of plumbing works with modern techniques, tools, diagnostics and equipment.
“State-of-the-art plumbing equipment, tools and diagnostic kits worth several millions of naira were handed over to 100 youths in Ibadan in continuation of President Buhari’s directive to NASENI to give Nigerian youths new skills, carry out retraining exercises in line with modern techniques in their different vocations.” he said
A member representing Ibadan North Federal Constituency who doubles as Chairman House of Representatives’ Committee on Science Research Institutes, Mr Musiliudeen Olaide Akinremi appreciated NASENI for the intervention to upgrade the skills of plumbers in Ibadan and also giving new tools and technology for them to work with.
He urged the trainees to use the equipment and tools to help themselves to increase their efficiency in the course of carrying out their tasks on site.
The list of new tools and equipment handed over to the plumbers include: 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 kits given to the trainees include Safety shoes, Eye goggles, and mechanical hand gloves amongst others.
Reporting by Rabi Momoh, editing by Daniel Adejo