By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
MD/CEO PAN Ibrahim Boyi has said that the company has always been at the forefront of automobile development in Nigeria, spanning decades.
He expressed this at the company’s premises in Kaduna On Wednesday, during the official launching of the Shade Tree Youth Empowerment Initiative (STYEI).
He assured that within six months, with the grants they have received, alongside support from Peugeot Foundation, they will roll out no fewer than 30 Shade Tree Pilot Scheme Quick Auto Service Centres, which will subsequently be replicated all over the country, with rural areas also targeted.
Boyi said that there have been changes in automotive industry in terms of fuel and parts, which has created skills gap in the industry.
He explained that PAN through its world class learning centre has over the years been training. Altogether 1,200 youth, including 224 women.
“The STYEI is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“It is targeted at closing skills gap in the automobile industry in the country,” he said.
The PAN CEO stressed that it would be funded through the Shade Tree Trust Fund, which is independent and funded by public organisations, private individuals and international development partners.
“The scheme will standardize primary automobile service centres, offer opportunities for economic empowerment,” he emphasized.
He appealed for the support of all stakehokders in ensuring the scheme is successful.
“Seek your support in making it a veritable tool,” in his words.