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Bayelsa Youths Shun Automobile Repair Apprenticeship

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 12:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Automobile mechanics in Bayelsa State have expressed fears that their trade may go into extinction because of youths’ lack of interest in undergoing apprenticeship.

The mechanics, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa, said the trend would not augur well for the country.

They said that many of the youths were no longer interested in being trained as mechanics due to crave for easy wealth.

The mechanics said that most of them now worked alone in their workshops and this had slowed down the pace of their work.

Mr Obinna Olisa, 58, told NAN that for some years now, no apprentice had indicated interest to learn the job from him. He expressed fears that if the trend continued no one would take over from his generation when they retired.

He called on government to reverse the trend by establishing mechanic villages with modern facilities to aid learning and teaching of technical skills. Olisa said that such establishments would encourage students of Mechanical Engineering to enroll for their internship under the tutelage of the artisans.

He said that such mechanic villages would also provide job opportunities for Mechanical Engineering graduates who would impact some basic theoretical knowledge in the field to the apprentices.

He advised youths to take up the trade because it would ever remain a lucrative business.

Another mechanic, Mr Uchenna Oka, 48, said that automobile repair now involved high technology because many vehicles were now computerised.

Oka said that such vehicles required special skills to handle and emphasised the need for the training of fresh and young ones to handle them.

“I have spent 15 years in this job and have achieved a lot. I have been able to keep my family and train my children in schools from my earnings,” Oka said.

He attributed youths’ disdain for the job to political activities that seemed to present opportunities for making money so easily.

The artisan also advised youths to change their attitude toward the trade and embrace it. Mr Iyang Ezekiel, who owns a workshop on Imgbi Road, Yenagoa, noted that youths now preferred riding commercial tricycles and motorcycles to being mechanics.

Ezekiel said that many youths looked down on the job and were no longer interested to be trained as mechanics.