SMEs: Enugu Government, Firm, Train 400 Youths In Auto-Revamp Innovation 


The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, through the state’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) Centre, is doing a lot in empowering the youth of the state to harness and develop their talents and innovative skills in various endeavours for self-reliance and economic emancipation.

The Enugu SMEs Centre, in partnership with AutoEase Limited, is engaging 400 youths in Auto-revamp Innovation Training Programme (AITP), to learn life-long skills in the automobile industry. These skills include how to repair damaged vehicles and build new cars from older models, among others.

According to the Special Adviser to the Governor SMEs Development and Director-General, Enugu SMEs Centre, Hon. Arinze Chilo-Offiah, the 1st batch of the beneficiaries, who participated in the eight-month-long Auto-revamp Innovation Training Programme (AITP), have graduated and received their certificates.

Hon. Chilo-Offiah disclosed that the 2nd and 3rd batches of the beneficiaries are undergoing training presently while application for participation in the 4th batch is ongoing via: .

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The Special Adviser pointed out that the graduation ceremony of the 1st batch, which featured an opening remark by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AutoEase Limited, Mrs. Oby Okeke and words of admonition and encouragement from himself, was a huge success.

He revealed that the event also featured practical demonstration of the three stages of Auto-ramping by the 1st batch graduands, explaining that “each team was given damaged car bonnets and asked to revamp them under forty-five (45) minutes and the best team received a cash prize from AutoEase Limited.

“Just like the newly certified auto-experts, learning auto-repair skills and how to build new cars from old models is a hefty profitable investment in your life, and will set you up to work in big automobile companies like Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Toyota, Honda and more”, the Special Adviser said.

Stressing Gov. Ugwuanyi’s sustained commitment to human capital development programmes for the empowerment of youths of Enugu State, Hon. Chilo-Offiah reiterated that the SMEs Centre remains steadfast in ensuring that the governor’s vision is actualized in its fullness.


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