FG To Create Automobile Clusters In Lagos, Nnewi, Kano



federal government has finalised plans to create three new automobile clusters and training centres in Lagos, Anambra and Kano states as part of the National Industrial Revolution Plan and Industrial  Skills Development Programme.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga, disclosed this during the ongoing  Industrial Training Fund 19th Biennial Training Conference on Skills Acquisition and Job Creation.
Aganga re-affirmed the commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration towards tackling unemployment through the implementation of an integrated, industrial skills and manpower development programme.
He, however, said that the federal government had no plan to create a new agency for industrialisation as being reported in some sections of the media, but was considering transforming an existing agency under the supervision of the ministry (with a related mandate) to drive the implementation of its industrialisation policies, in line with an agreement reached at a stakeholders’ meeting on the NIRP about two months ago. 
The Minister said, “As part of our National Industrial Skills Development Programme and the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan, the Industrial Training Fund is collaborating with Brazil to develop three automobile training centres and clusters across the country that will meet international standards.  They are: Lagos (Ibadan Zone), Nnewi (Aba Zone) and Kano, Kaduna zone automobile clusters. The automobile training centres will train Nigerians in auto maintenance and spare parts production.
“For us to successfully diversify our economy, create jobs and generate wealth for our country, industrialisation remains our only hope for the future. In order to achieve this, we need to build strong institutions to drive our industrialisation process just as it was done in other industrialised countries.”

He added, “The Federal Government is already working on how to reduce the cost of governance by reducing the number of government agencies, so what we proposed at a stakeholders’ meeting on the NIRP, held two months ago, was to transform an existing agency within the ministry to drive the implementation of our industrial revolution plan.

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