Automobile technicians demand mechanic village from incoming governor
By Edith Igbokwe
The Nigerian Automobile Technician Association (NATA), Mafoluku Oshodi unit branch has beckoned to the incoming governor of Lagos state to provide mechanic village that would take them off the roadside operations.
Speaking with Echonews, the Association’s Chairman, Mr. Olayemi Opeifa George, said they had taken steps to reach the current government at the state level through their state chairman, Jacob Omonide Fayeun, who promised to facilitate the progress but later announced Epe area to be the available land space that the government has given.
According to George, mechanic village should be in different locations such as Oshodi, Ikeja, Mushin to absorb mechanical engineers and vehicles to be worked upon without disturbing the road users or facing challenges of missing vehicles.
He said: “The idea of taking vehicles from Oshodi down to Epe for assembling is rather too far for convenience and smooth performance of the profession.
“We have all it takes to work in terms of acquired technological advancement trainings through some lubricant stations like Mobil, Oando and Ammasco, should we then resort to the road side? The need of mechanic village is of urgency to us, we beg the incoming Lagos state governor to see to our plight.”
The group believed that having mechanic villages in different localities would curb a lot of things that are not making the profession worthwhile, especially the name ‘road side mechanics’.