STYEI- Shade Tree Youth Empowerment Initiative has been commissioned in Kaduna state by Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah; the honourable minister of Industry, Trade and Investment for the federal republic of Nigeria.
Dr. Enelamah described the establishment of STYEI as an initiative that is very well capable of engaging the unemployed youth in the labour market. This initiative is another medium to empower the Nigerian youth although STYEI would particularly benefit the ones with automotive background knowledge.
STYEI is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme organized by Peugeot Automobile Nigeria, PAN with the aim of reducing poverty and creating employment for youths across the country.
“The STYEI will contribute to reducing unemployment because repairing a car can not be done by an individual, so it requires a lot of participation. The mechanics, spare part sellers, tyre dealers will be involved. So all this chains will be pulled out of poverty, by actively engaging in either sales of spare part or repairs of cars. It will take a lot of people from the street,” he disclosed.
The minister also assured that the government would continue to work closely with all relevant parties to ensure that the implementation of STYEI would be as efficient as possible. He said that “In the course of implementation of STYEI, it is recommended that the board of STYEI management should liaise with NADDC and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) on capacity building. It is also important to inform you that FMITI is ever willing to support start-up/new business development in SMEs.”
The Managing Director of PAN, Mr. Ibrahim Boyi in his remarks observed that STYEI was a social investment program that has been initiated to address socioeconomic challenges of unemployment and to also help fill the skill gaps of unemployed Nigerian youths
Mr. Boyi stressed that STYEI would focus on providing a formalized operating structure for the fragmented and unregulated auto mechanics scattered all over Nigeria. STYEI would also inculcate a strong value proposition of adequate capitalization, training, organization, compliance with specified standards and business growth trajectory for the auto mechanic industry in Nigeria.