By Bright Bassey
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has promised to employ female mechanics to repair government-owned vehicles. The governor spoke at the graduation of 25 female mechanics in Benin, the capital of Edo State.
“I want to throw an offer to you today. In the Government House, we have a workshop. We would like you to come and take a look at it and see if you can take over the maintenance of the vehicles in the Government House,” he said.
Obaseki said his government would partner with ‘Lady Mechanic’, a Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, to promote youth employment.
This he said meant women would be encouraged to enroll at the Benin Technical College after it has been refurbished.
“It’s in line with my agenda for job creation and youth empowerment.” The governor said.
“My first official assignment when I resumed on Monday, the 14th of November was to visit the Benin Technical College. First, to send certain signals that I campaigned on the fact that we will create a minimum of two hundred thousand jobs – I meant it.
“So, my first assignment was to go to that institution that historically we had set up to develop manpower for industry and our economic life.
“Benin city is a transportation hub – that is why the automobile business in this state is quite large.
“As you know, under the ECTS – Edo State Transport Service, with the Comrade Bus initiative, most of the drivers are female.
Sandra Aguebor, founder of the Lady Mechanic Initiative said she has been able to empower over 1000 female mechanics since its inception in Lagos, Benin, Kaduna, Kano and Abuja.
“Your Excellency, we are here to work with you.”
“We want to scale up on what we are already doing”.
I think with you today, I also perceive that you are going to give employment to some of them.” Aguebor said.