Nigeria doing well in Metallurgy - Group

Nigeria doing well in Metallurgy - Group

- A group has commended the federal government's efforts at the Metallurgical Training Institute of Nigeria

- The group said multiple gains are being recorded in the institute under the ministry of mines. steel and development

- According to the group, the institute is taking advantage of the solar power system as an alternative source of energy supply

The Advocates for Social Justice for All (ASJA) and Concerned Civil Society Organizations for Transformation (CCSOT) has passed a vote of confidence on the chief executive officer for the Metallurgical Training Institute, Olabode Fakuade.

The organisation said that Nigeria is doing well in metallurgy under the leadership of Fakuade as the institute has recorded tremendous strides since his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Established in 1981, MTI is a parastatal under the federal ministry of mines and steel development, mandated to train Nigerians in the area of maintenance engineering with the aim of fast-tracking technological development.

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At a press conference on Thursday, January 30, the executive director of ASJA and the CCSOT's secretary-general both groups expressed utter shock at recent calumny campaign against the CEO.

The CSOs said this plot is “nothing but the handiwork of distractors who are not happy with the multiple gains that are being recorded in the Institute and the fact that he is not an indigene of the locality”.

Under Mr Fakuade’s tutelage, the group revealed that MTI achieved an unprecedented level of growth, “evident in the fact that the MTI avails various calibres of Nigerians the opportunity to acquire technical education that provides for necessary skills for gainful employment, self-employment, and job creation.”

The Advocates for Social Justice for All and the Concerned Civil Society Organizations for Transformation is conversant, therefore, warned distractors to desist from such acts so the Chief Executive Officer can effectively carry out the mandate given by the president.

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They further asked that Fakuade be allowed to function effectively in line with President Buhari’s principle of merit and hard work over mediocrity and ethnic bigotry.

The organisations said: "Under the leadership of Mr. Olabode Fakuade, the Institute has witnessed unprecedented infrastructural development as about 600 meters of deep concrete drains have been constructed to link the tunnel adjoining Onitsha-Owerri Expressway to channel erosion water, training equipment/ facilities upgraded and students hostels are witnessing total rehabilitation."

He said the institute is taking advantage of the solar power system as an alternative source of energy supply both to our workshops to boost training activities as well as the offices for efficient service delivery.

"The institute has also witnessed the constant training and retraining by undertaking capacity building programmes to improve their efficiency at work," the organisations added.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of science, technology and innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu, said Nigeria would soon join the league of countries in space exploration.

Onu said that science and engineering were important to nation-building, noting that the strength of the economy of any nation was dependent on its scientific and technological advancement.

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