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GREE Nigeria trains, empowers technicians to boost national economy

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GREE Nigeria has provided human capacity development skills backed with empowerment for some technicians as part of its corporate social responsibilities towards speedy growth of the national economy.

The Gree Coolman Initiative was introduced in 2020 through the vision of Chief Diana Chen, Chairman of Choice International group, owners of the GREE Air conditioner franchise in Nigeria to inspire skilled technicians looking to improve their skills and unskilled technicians eager to become part of the industry, to invest in themselves and increase their chances of sustainable employment and growth in entrepreneurship.

The 2022 edition was a two-day empowerment and accreditation programme held in Lagos May 14 – 15, packed with important practical benefits to participants such as skill acquisition, certifications, 250ml value vacuum pump machines for installation, and access to employment opportunities.

The event had in attendance numerous applicants looking to take up the challenge of being GREE Coolman ambassadors.

It took place at the Choice International Group building, Victoria Island.

Chief Diana Chen, gave a short tour of the facility to the attendees to further acquaint them with the operations of the company. Thereafter, she encouraged the trainees to focus their energies on ensuring they reap the benefits of the programme and go on to become worthy ambassadors of the GREE brand as well as accredited technicians qualified for the opportunities ahead.

She said, “If GREE can be great in Nigeria, it relies on you our partners on the field offering the services to the public, you don’t just have to love the job or the installation of the AC, you should be proud of it and promote it on your social media and to your family and friends. You have to deliver quality and professionalism in the Coolman style.”

A welcome address by Mr Chibuzor Ogunka, the Sales Manager of GREE, who took participants through the highlights of the programme.

The Trainers, Mr Lanus Aruldoss, After Sales Manager, GREE Nigeria, and Mr. Paul Jarouj HVAC Eng. and the head of technical Maintenance Eko Hotel graced the stage with their presentations and interactive session which predominantly centered on key topical segments such as the GREE Coolman Policy as well as the Operation Guide and Basic Requirements for the installation of the GREE Air Conditioner installation. They rounded off their lectures with detailed descriptions and an overview of the tools used to disassemble the GREE air condition units,

During the practical installation process, each trainee demonstrated great enthusiasm, zeal, and rapt attention, learning how to assemble, arrange and connect the inverter air conditioning unit from start to finish.

Also speaking at the event, the CEO Niglemech Nigeria Limited, the sole distributor of GREE air-conditioners in Kano, urged the participants to take their training seriously, as they were associating with a product of quality and innovation.

GREE, the world’s leading cooling and air conditioner brand, has introduced into the market some new products with an array of upgraded, and interesting features, the management deemed it fit to boost its after-sales service with the introduction of the introduction of the Coolman Programme.

One of the new items of the latest technology on the show included the G-tech inverter air conditioning unit which boasts superior performance as well as beautiful aesthetics in its look and feel.

The units are designed to be energy efficient and provide important cost-saving qualities as well as eco-friendliness add to that, their interoperability with modern smart home systems through their accessibility by WIFI.

 

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SERAP sues Buhari over alleged missing N11tn electricity fund

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been dragged to court by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) for allegedly failing probe N11tn electricity fund said to missing.

The money, according to SERAP, was meant to provide regular electricity supply for the country since 1999, and it is suspected to have “been stolen, mismanaged or diverted into private pockets.”

In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1119/2022 filed last week at the Federal High Court, Lagos, SERAP sought for “an order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari to investigate how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply has been allegedly squandered by governments since 1999.”

This is coming after it was reported that Nigeria’s electricity grid has collapsed at least three times within five months, and 130 times in seven years, plunging many households across the country into darkness.

 

 

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Toyota-Suzuki joint SUV coming in August, Africa listed

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The collaboration between Toyota and Suzuki is set to manifest in concrete terms as Toyota says it will start the production of a new SUV model developed by Suzuki at Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd from August.

The Suzuki-developed SUV will come with mild and strong hybrid variants – made in India for both brands, multiple sources including motorauthority.com report.

The two companies are said to be planning to export the new model to markets outside India including Africa.

Toyota and Suzuki are promoting mutual supply of vehicles globally, which is one of the collaborations in their business partnership.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding for a business alliance in 2017. Since then, the two companies have been bringing together Toyota’s strength in electrification technologies and Suzuki’s strength in technologies for compact vehicles for joint collaboration in production and in the widespread popularization of electrified vehicles.
The powertrains of the new model to be on sale in India will be equipped with mild hybrid developed by Suzuki and strong hybrid developed by Toyota.
By bringing together strengths of both Toyota and Suzuki through the collaboration, the two companies say they will be able to provide a wide variety of vehicle electrification technologies to customers and contribute to the acceleration of electrification and the realization of a carbon-neutral society in India.

While Suzuki leads and understands the India market, Toyota brings hybrid tech to the table.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited and TKM will market the new model in India as Suzuki and Toyota models, respectively.

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Ford to end production of Focus in 2025

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Ford has confirmed that it will stop producing the Focus model in 2025, in a move that threatens the longer-term future of its Saarlouis, Germany plant that only makes that model.

Nigeria may not miss the exit of the Focus as it has not really been as popular as other Ford models such as the Escape, the Edge and Everest.

Ford however said that its plant in Saarlouis would continue to produce the Ford Focus passenger car, while the company is also evaluating options for future site concepts.
In Europe, Ford has emphasised the future role for electrified models – which includes its Cologne plant in Germany being a hub for EV production. It will build a new SUV based on VW’s MEB platform from 2023.
Ford also recently announced that its Valencia, Spain, plant would receive investment for making electric vehicles on a next-generation electric vehicle architecture.

 

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