Toyota Ghana Limited, an automobile Company, had linked up with the Cape Coast Technical Institute (CCTI) to open to serve as a training workshop for students and servicing point in the Central Region.
Located at the premises of the Institute, the Cape Coast Centre is the fourth service shop after Accra, Kumasi and Tarkwa, and its establishment in the Central Region was as a result of the collaborative efforts of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and CCTI.
Inaugurating the shop, the Principal of the Institute, Mr Ernest Lyall, noted that, digital electronics and ICT have invaded all facets of industry, with automotive technology being the worst affected.
He said the centre was therefore timely, to help update the knowledge of both teachers and students on the modern trends in the automobile industry.
Mr Lyall said to qualify for the facility to be opened in the School, the skills of teachers and students of the automobile department were upgraded, while more modern equipment was acquired, to meet standards in contemporary trends in the industry.
He was full of praise for JICA for its solidarity and support and Toyota Ghana for the training of technicians, as well as students and staff, for their commitment and hard work towards the successful establishment of the workshop, which he noted, would be of immense benefit to the school.
Mr Takahiko Takabayashi, Managing Director of Toyota Ghana, commended CCTI for being the first educational institution in the country to be certified as a Toyota Ghana Authorized Shop (TGASS) and urged it to serve as a beacon to similar institutions.
He gave the assurance that customers would have quality services because the Company had taken the technicians through rigorous intensive training and they had acquired the requisite skills and professionalism required.
Mr Takabayashi said, to further provide customer satisfaction, the facility would be extended to cover the whole country, to enable its customers to have services at their door steps.
Mr Jiro Inamura, Resident Representative of JICA underscored the importance of the shop to CCTI, adding that, students would be exposed to world class technique and service of Toyota Ghana.
The Oguaamanhen, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, who chaired the function, said the long standing relationship between Ghana and Japan was very much cherished and commended JICA and Toyota Ghana for their immense contribution towards the successful establishment of the workshop.
He said the centre was a clear indication of a public private cooperation and asked the technicians to ensure that standards were maintained while spare parts made available at all times.