The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has commended the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force Investment Limited (NAFIL) Tailoring Workshop at reducing unemployment among youths in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base and surrounding communities in Kaduna. The commendation was made yesterday, 21 September 2018, during an assessment tour of the Workshop by a Team from the Ministry led by the Director, Skills Development and Certification Department, Mr Ibrahim Jibia. The visit was to assess the facilities and overall environment of the Workshop for the purpose of accreditation to issue recognized certificates. Mr Jibia, who expressed satisfaction with the facilities at the workshop, stated that the Ministry would endeavour to certify the workshop so that its graduates would be accorded the desired recognition in the labour market.
Conducting the team round the facility, the Managing Director NAFIL, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar Bagare, who was represented by the Deputy Managing Director, Air Commodore Uchechi Nwagwu, stated that the workshop was commissioned by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, on 8 June 2017, with the aim of domesticating the sewing of NAF uniforms. He disclosed that prior to the establishment of the Workshop, NAF uniforms were imported from abroad or contracted to local vendors at very high cost. This domestication, he said, has significantly reduced overall cost for the NAF thereby generating savings for the Service that could be channeled to other pressing needs. He further stated that about 52,000 pairs of various types of NAF uniforms had been sewn in the workshop. Apart from sewing uniforms for the NAF, Air Commodore Nwagwu disclosed that NAFIL Tailoring Workshop also sews uniforms for some major security outfits as well as other private organisations, such as Baze University in Abuja, whilst also training tailors from within and outside the Base. With a total staff strength of 106, comprising an officer, 37 airmen/airwomen and 68 civilians, the workshop runs round the clock in 3 shifts with 92 different types of industrial cloth-making machines.
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