The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Adeleke Mamora, has reiterated the government’s efforts to ensure that welding is maintained in the school curriculum, especially in technical schools, and emphasized that this will lead to the overall development and sustainability of the welding industry.
So said Mamora when the president of the Nigerian Institute of Welding, Solomon Edebiri, showed him a courtesy in his office in Abuja today.
The minister stated that the welding industry, if properly developed, managed and maintained, will not only create jobs for Nigeria’s teeming unemployed youth, but also stimulate the mass production and growth of the steel industry in the country.
However, Mamora warned that a meaningful achievement will not come without synergy and effective application of the principle of 5Cs, namely cooperation, communication, coordination, cordiality and cooperation to take the country to greater heights.
Earlier, the Minister of State, Chief Ikechukwu Henry Ikoh, said that in order to achieve rapid industrialization, Nigerians must be trained in the skill of welding to avoid hiring professionals from abroad.
He went on to say that indigenous welders should be encouraged to do thorough work to be internationally competitive.
The institute’s president, Dr. Solomon Edebiri, said his institute and the ministry have collaborated on many fronts, including establishing the National Welding Institute.
He informed the minister about the establishment of a national capacity and capacity development plan for welding and related skills.
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