The Dangote Group is building an Automation Skills Development Centre valued at N160million in Lokoja, Kogi State.
A statement from the group in Abuja over the weekend said President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, told the government and people of Kogi state that “the state-of-the-art skill centre is meant to support the development initiatives of the State Government.”
He said the Dangote Automation Skills Development Centre will help revive and develop technical skills in the country, as well as provide jobs for the youths.
Alhaji Dangote who was represented by the Managing Director of the Obajana Cement Plant Mr. J.V. Gungune said such centre has become necessary in view of the fact that: “the Federal Government under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has prioritized Technical Skills Development and Empowerment for Nigerian Youths as part of their key focus.”
Chairman of the Project Implementation Committee (PIC) and an Executive Director in the Dangote Group, Engineer Mansur Ahmed, said the Governor of the State, Captain Idris Wada, and the President of the Dangote Group were the brains behind the project, adding that they expected the project, when completed to make Nigerian youths self employed and employable at the same time.
Speaking, at the Ground Breaking Ceremony on Friday, the Kogi state Governor Idris Wada described the Dangote Group as a worthy partner, adding that the Centre will support the economy of the state by making the youths employable.
Lead Consultant and CEO of the SkillUp TVET Limited Afolabi Imoukhuede assured that the project will be completed by November.