The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE) has commended a leading investment company in the healthcare sector, Immac Group, for donating an acre of land to the institution for the construction of training academy in Ogun.
In a statement on Friday, the institution’s National Chairman, Mrs Funmilade Akingbagbohun lauded Otumba Kole Olatunji, Managing Director, Immac Group, when a delegation of the engineers visited Olatunji.
Akingbagbohun said the project, which would cost N500 million, was to bridge the huge skills gap noticed between the classroom and the industry.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the acre of land donated by Olatunji is situated along Ibadan Road near Ode Remo in Ogun.
She said the project would consist of an auditorium, workshop/mini factory, guest house/hostels and offices/training rooms.
“We have embarked upon a project to help combat the skills gap by running a training academy for certification courses and for research and development of innovative ideas,” she said.
She said lauded Olatunji and his associates for buying into the institution’s vision.
According to her, the project, when completed, will be called Mechanical Engineering Training Academy and it also has Kessignton Adebutu Foundation as one of the funding donors.
“NIMechE is the Mechanical Division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers set up for professional development, knowledge acquisition and dissemination of mechanical engineering and allied disciplines.
“Our mission is to propagate the practice of Mechanical Engineering profession within Nigeria.
“As an institution, we mentor young engineers to help them build an exciting career in Mechanical Engineering because if you don’t train them, you can’t blame them,” she said.
The NIMechE delegation include the Lagos Chapter Chairman, Mr Abdulganiyu Tiamiyu; two past National Chairmen, Chief Akintunde Zedomi and Mr Ayo Fanimokun, and a Committee Chairman, Mr George Iluno. (NAN)