Two hundred and five technicians, with diverse skills, on Friday in Lagos graduated from the Nigerian Railway Institute.

NAN reports that the skills acquisition programme of the corporation is part of the phased Federal Government overhaul and revamping of the nation’s rail transportation system.Adeseyi-Sijuwade

Admonishing the technicians, Adeseyi Sijuwade, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), urged them to use the skills acquired for the growth of the nation’s economy.

Sijuwade, represented by Alhaji Aminu Gusua, Director, Administration and Human Resources of NRC, said that the skills acquired from the institute would assist in bridging the nation’s technical manpower needs.

The managing director also advised the technicians to utilise their skills within the ambit of the law.

“We will make sure that grandaunts are employed by NRC when the opportunity comes but they should rather look at who they will employ,” he said.

Also speaking, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), commended the sustained collaborative effort of the NDE and the Nigerian Railway Technical Institute.

Abubakar, represented by Mr Adeleye Joseph, Assistant Director, Vocational Skills Development Department, said that the 24-year collaboration had contributed greatly in the technological advancement of the nation and youth empowerment.

“To tackle the problem of unemployment, especially among youths and other vulnerable groups of the society, the NDE planned, designed and developed well-tested employment programmes,” he said.

Abubakar said that the import of the programme stemmed from the fact that most of the grandaunts own businesses that employ labour.

The principal of the institute, Mr Simeon Ehimigba, said the nation needs skilled craftsmen and technicians for sound technical growth.

He said that the students had continuously excelled in their endeavours due to the well structured training of the institute.

The principal said that the decline in the number of grandaunts compared to the 550 initial intakes could be attributed to either employment opportunities or admission.

“The result of the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) conducted in May/June and Nov/Dec 2013 and 2014 was quite impressive.

“With the recorded success in this examination, many have been able to secure admission to Yaba College of Technology and other higher institutions of learning.

“Many have also gainfully been employed by the NRC and other reputable companies such as Dangote group of companies, Flour Mills, Alliance Motors and Shore-line,” he said.

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