Mr Victor Ogunranti, Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE), Oyo State Chapter, says the body has started relating with the artisans’ groups under mechanical profession to ensure standard practice.
Ogunranti said this on Saturday at a stakeholders meeting organised by NIMechE, Oyo State Chapter, to review activities of its concluded 35th international conference and annual general meeting in Ibadan.
According to him, the institution has identified artisans’ groups such as Motor mechanics, vulcanizers, panel beaters and others as critical stakeholders in mechanical profession because they are majorly direct service providers to average Nigerians.
“The institution seeks to sensitise, train and ensure that they follow standard rules of engagement in services they render to the citizens without endangering their lives,” he said.
Ogunranti added that the institution would soon kick-start a training session on robotics and artificial intelligence, welding, fabrication and other relevant skills for selected students within the chapter to prepare them for future.
“We are concluding the arrangements to train students in our chapter on entrepreneurial skills and profession networking/interactions for career development.
“We are also planning to inaugurate more chapters,” he said.
Also speaking, the President, NIMechE, Polytechnic Ibadan Students Chapter, Sotikare Oluwafemi, said that the conference had contributed immensely to the knowledge of students members of the institution.
He called for more trainings and programmes that could improve their skills and prepare them for rewarding career in future.