The academy, according to Julius Berger’s Executive Director, Administration, Alhaji Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, fulfils the Company’s vision of building international standard local artisanal capacity through the optimal harness of its rich global standard human and material resources.
Alhaji Bayi who represented Julius Berger’s Managing Director, Engr Dr. Lars Richter, In his speech said, “deriving from a partnership approach to Nigeria’s well-rounded development, the idea, conceptualization, launch and implementation of the Julius Berger Plant and Equipment Academy is a proud anchor of the company’s lasting patriotic faith in the unstoppable success of the Nigeria industrial self-reliance project.
Speaking about the vision behind the academy, Bayi said, “from its inauguration on the 25th of February this year, to this pioneer graduation ceremony today, it has been the executive management’s vision that Julius Berger Plant and Equipment Academy will be a leading institution in technical training. Continuing, he said, the institution would meet the company’s need for dynamic, highly trained and resourceful technicians and serve the industry at large.
Also speaking at the event was Julius Berger’s Plant and Equipment Department Manager, Mr. Francois Roos who encouraged the student to continue to practice what they have learned to become perfect.
The event, which was held at the Julius Berger Main Yard in Abuja, saw in attendance personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (AFEME) Mechatronic School, and some staff of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), strategic partners of Julius Berger Plant and Equipment Academy. Also in attendance were family members of the graduands, the academy’s instructors, and personnel from the company’s HR, Corporate Communication and Media Departments.
Of the eight trainees that participated, only six students successfully scaled through the rigor of the training module, which covers both the theory and practical details of the electrical and mechanical components of motor engines.