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It Takes Hard Work To Succeed As A Mechanic – Salami

Posted: Jun 24, 2015 at 12:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Why did you decide to become a mechanic in the first place?

When I was in school liked using my hands to do stuff, so after school I chose to train in a profession that allowed me to make use of my hands and that profession is mechanic, which is all about repairing vehicles for people at a fee and have no regret being a mechanic.


For how long did you train before you started your own business?

I trained for six years; I was an apprentice mechanic for six years learning the tricks of the trade. I learnt the trade in Lagos and Ibadan.  After training for six years, I worked as a journeyman with another mechanic for three years.  I ventured out and started my own business after I believed I had acquired some experience on how to run my own business and I believe that it is essential for newly qualified tradesman to undergo a sort of tutelage before setting up his own shop. That experience is critical to the business he wants to run.


How has the business been over the years?

The business has been going fine for me over the years and it has been paying the bills.


What are the challenges that you face doing the vehicle repair business?

The mechanic business like any other business has its own challenges that are peculiar to it. For instance, some customers do not want to pay agreed fees and some, sometimes refuse to pay at all and this is a major challenge to practitioners in the mechanic business.


How do you resolve such issues?

Well as an adult who is mature, I try to reason and renegotiate the fees without resorting to violence. Sometimes I just allow them to go for the sake of peace.


Sometimes clients accuse mechanics of not do the right things on their vehicles. How do you respond to this?

The way one approaches a client if an issue arises is very essential to the resolution of matter. I am a straightforward person and I relate to people in a straightforward way and I had have issues with my clients. However, the ability of a tradesman to do a good on the vehicles goes a long way to minimise the number of issue that may arise between a client and the mechanic.


How do you resolve issues with you client?

I hardly have issues with my clients because I was well trained on the job and I know my onions as far as the profession is concerned.  One thing that may lead to issues arising is because some masters leave the job to their inexperienced apprentices, who my do more damage to the vehicle in question and this may lead to issue arising between the mechanic and the client.


How do you respond to allegation that some mechanics use fake spare parts in repairing vehicles of their clients?

Well those of us in the mechanic business do not manufacture vehicle spare parts; we buy from the dealers and it is not every mechanic that has the discernment to differentiate between original and fake spare parts. So buying fake spare parts may not be deliberate among mechanics. However, some clients sometimes refuse pay for the appropriate spare parts and give little money to the mechanic and what do you expect the poor man to do? He has to work with what he has.


What are the challenges that you face as a motor mechanic?

Sometimes the clients are not forthcoming because of one issue or the other. Again the incessant fuel crises in the country have had adverse impact on the mechanic profession. You know that it is only when vehicles move on the roads that mechanics will have clients. Scarcity of fuels prevents vehicles from ply the roads and this is not good for the profession. I want to call on the federal government to make sure that the issue of fuel scarcity is resolved permanently in the country.


What advice do you have for young people who want to join the mechanic profession?

Anyone who wants to join the profession must be ready to work hard; the mechanic profession is not for a lazy person. A prospective mechanic must be obedient and ready to learn. He must also be humble and patient in order to be successful in the profession.


Do you know that the federal government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has set aside some funds from which business people like can take loans to expand your business and the loans come with minimal interest?

Many people in my group believe all loans come with high interest and taking a loan puts you at the mercy of the lender.  I believe that one should work hard in order to raise the needed capital.


What do you want government to do mechanics in the country?

The structures in the Mechanic Village are in a dilapidated state and we want the government to come in repair the roads and give them a facelift so that it will be more convenient for our clients and those of us that ply our trade in the village.