‘Nigeria Has Expertise To Handle All Vehicle Repairs’
Traders and artisans at the popular Ikoku motor spare parts market have urged government in the country to patronize local technician and artisans as they contended that Nigeria has enough manpower and expertise to handle all manners of vehicle repairs and maintenance.
Chairman of Success Line, Amaigbo Road at Ikoku auto spare parts market, Mr. Onyeka Ogugua made the assertions in a chat with The Vortex in his office in the market. Onyeka expressed dismay at the neglect of the local skill capacity in preference for foreign experts.
The chairman stated that Nigeria has the requisite expertise to do and handle all kinds of vehicle problems much better than the Whiteman, stressing that the nation should desist from patronizing foreigners who he acknowledged impacted the skills to Nigerians.
“We can do all manners of repairs and services of motor starters, Alternators and other technical services if we are properly empowered and encouraged”, Mr. Onyeka stated.
He solicited for proper government supports, especially as he noted, “now that technology has gone on digital high scale”. Onyeka equally advocated for government assistance in the training of local technician in the use of computer in detecting and carrying out the repairs and maintenance of vehicle, stressing that this can be done through seminars and workshops which will help in educating and sensitizing the local labor.
The success line chairman, who is an expert in the repairs and maintenance of vehicle alternators and starters appealed to governments at all levels to assist the local auto technicians in subsidizing the cost of procuring computers and other modern technical tools, which he added has became necessary in view of the economic downturn in the country. He said, “” I deal on Autor engineering services in the last few years, and the business has been made worse by lack of funding capacity for the local workforce and entrepreneurs”.
Onyeka equally blamed the slide in the spare parts market to the recent activities of the state task force on illegal parking and street trading, which he stated has forced many customers away from the continued patronage of the market as they now find it difficult to get spaces to park their vehicles. He also cautioned the taskforce team operating in the area to soften on the way they treat, manhandle and embarrass customers and traders in the market.
On his achievements as chairman of the line Onyeka expressed commendation to the over 50 members of the line for their cooperation since he took office over a year ago, emphasizing that he has been able to carry everybody alone in the affairs of the line. He however lamented the problem of flooding in the area, and disclosed the plans of the line to undertake the flooring of the available spaces in order to provide water channels during rains in the area.
The chairman, who said he has mentored over six people on the skill, appealed to youths not to despair in the present situation in the country but should muster courage to learn skills even after graduating from schools as according to him, education backed with skills will guarantees a formidable future for the younger generations.
Also speaking an executive member of the line and Task force chairman of the line, Onyekwere Nwankwo described members of the line as highly discipline businessmen adding however that the body always disciplines its defaulting members who work against the rules of the line.