Kpando, May 7, GNA – The Local Enterprises and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP), has commenced a countrywide training of selected mechanics to enable them properly service the three-wheeler vehicles it brought into the country.
These vehicle modes, designed for easier maneuverability, in the Ghanaian context,are somewhat unique engineering pieces, challenging the technical expertise of Ghanaian mechanics.
Mrs Mercy Ansaba Budu, LESDEP Assistant Business Development Manager, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that quite a number of the utility vehicles were out of service, because mechanics around could not grasp their technical make-up.
She was speaking on the sidelines of one of such skills upgrade workshops at Kpando on Tuesday,
Mrs Budu put the three-wheelers under categories, General Purpose, Mobile Store,Water Tanker, Motor Tricycle and Cold Store.
She said four mechanics for each of the 25 districts in the Volta Region were being trained, and would come in two batches, each batch for 10 days.
Kpando Technical Institute is facilitating the training process, a collaboration between LESDEP and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).
Mrs Budu said LESDEP expected that after the training sessions, broken down three-wheelers would be salvaged so that those who bought them on a work-and-pay basis would honour their pledges.
The workshops involve theoretical and practical sessions.
Robert Fefeh, Head of the Automobile Department at the Kpando Technical Institute,said it was important those at the wheel of these special vehicles understood its workings and also followed maintenance schedules.
He said the vehicles had loading limits, which must never be abused.
Charles Apreko, LESDEP Volta Regional Manager, said all mechanics going through the training would be given tools.
He said Kpando Technical Institute would remain technical skills centre for three wheelers in the region, to run refresher courses from time to time.
George Kwame Mony, whose three-wheeler vehicle was used for the practical sessions,said his vehicle remained serviceable because he kept to the rules of usage.
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