Coscharis Motors, the exclusive distributor and manufacturers representative for Ford, BMW, MG, Jaguar Land Rover etc.in Nigeria, has in conjunction with the Lagos State government trained a total of 41 auto technicians in modern automobile repairs and servicing.
This was made possible through the Public/Private partnership between Coscharis and the state government, resulting in the creation of the CG-Eko LLP Training Academy located in Ikeja, Lagos.
Speaking during the joint convocation ceremony at the academy, the President/CEO of Coscharis Group, Dr. Cosmas Maduka said “the main objective of the academy is to deliver value added human resources to fill the vacuum created by the dearth of professional technicians, who are supposed to drive the fast growing automotive industry sector of our economy into a bright future”.
He added that “”since admitting the first set of trainees in 2013, the academy has successfully wheeled out 41 graduates till date. Majority of the graduands here today have been absorbed into our organisation, some employed by other organizations, while some have become after-sales facility entrepreneurs”.
Maduka who was represented at the ceremony by the Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Okey Nwuke also stated that “we are thankful that we were able to contribute meaningfully into your lives via the offering of this training platform and pray that God will grant you the will to put the acquired skills and training into meaning practice for the advancement of the automotive industry in particular, Nigeria at large and humanity as a whole”.
He recalled that “when Coscharis Motors Plc, one of our subsidiaries in the group was to venture into the business of selling brand new globally respected iconic vehicles, we were guided by our vision, ”to build an institution that is timeless in its relevance”.
“At that point we knew that in order to remain timeless in our relevance to the automotive industry, we needed to do more than selling new vehicles – we needed to also establish an after-sales support base which will help to keep our customers’ vehicles on the road, performing optimally at all times. Because of the dearth of qualified technicians in the industry at the time, we had to embark on hiring of expatriates from other countries to man our after-sales facilities.”
In his remarks, the Training Manager, Mr. Sunday Tanimowo who revealed that the first batch of students were admitted August 1, 2013, affirmed that “without any iota of doubt, l can boldly say to all present that the graduands have passed through series of professional hands- on theoretical and practical training in the field of automobile engineering ranging from automobile repairs, service, maintenance, troubleshooting, automobile technology, workshop practice, digital electronics, leadership, management, CRM and product knowledge”.
According to him, “in the first batch, 18 started journey in August 2013 but only 17 completed the rigorous training; Next are the second batch graduands: 17 was admitted in August 2014, only 14 were able to complete the race; lastly, the third batch graduands: 14 started the race, only 10 sailed through the journey”.
The best graduating student who spoke on behalf of others stated that “the class of 2015 graduated 17 students and 15 were employed by Coscharis group. These students have in their individual ways distinguished themselves in the various departments they have been assigned.
“Fourteen students graduated in 2016 and 4 were employed by the company. They too are becoming indispensable players in the after-sale department where they were assigned.
“The class of 2017 is graduating 10 students. It is my humble prayer that the management of Coscharis group do consider the exploits and impacts of those earlier employed from the academy and employ these dynamic class of 2017.
“Our amiable chairman, Dr. Cosmas Maduka is known for his big heart and accommodating nature and I plead that he stretches it a bit more to accommodate these promising young talented and skilled graduands. To borrow the words of the late Nelson Mandela “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination”.
The convocation ceremony, which held on Friday, August 4, 2017, was witnessed by a high powered management team from the Coscharis group led by the group Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Okey Nwuke.