By Adedapo Adesanya The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE) has launched its Internship and Mentorship online Platform (NIMP). The professional body said it is first of its kind in Africa and it has been designed to equip young mechanical engineers and students with valuable skills that will help them face the realities in the labour market and also contribute meaningfully to the nation\u2019s economic development. Speaking at the launch, the National Chairman of NIMechE, Mr Mohammed Ndaliman, said \u201cthis will close the skill-gap for Nigerian Engineers to provide the needed technological leadership to drive the robust continental economic integration project, to develop Africa into the global powerhouse of the future; as the cry by organization and industries keeps increasing geometrically about graduates inability to fit into the organizations\u2019 role of carrying out assigned projects.\u201d He noted that mechanical engineering practice is taking a new face in Africa and that there was a need to use mentorship and internship to supplement theoretical knowledge. Mr Ndaliman further stressed that there was a growing concern over the increasing rate of unemployment in the sector, due to a lack of technical skills. He added that the program is meant to proffer solutions to these challenges and will also go further in giving engineers the necessary knowledge needed to harness their skills into building their enterprise. \u201dIt is the hope of the NIMechE to assist its members to develop core values that will be reckoned with in Nigeria and beyond. \u201dThe Institution has recorded success in its efforts to build and develop its professional body to stand the test of time given that the NiMechE Internship and Mentorship Platform (NIMP), is the second to be institutionalized. "The first program known as the NIMechE Innovation Challenge (NIC) held annually, was a capacity building opportunity for mechanical engineering students to explore, to enable them to bring their creativity to reality and cook up solutions to the many challenges facing Nigeria\u2019s sector like Agriculture, Security, Health care delivery, Automation and Sustainable energy amongst others." He explained. The NIMechE chairman said that the programme drew attendance from over 20 higher institutions across Nigeria and five others from Ghana. \u201dAfrican engineers will play a pivotal role in manufacturing and industrialization in line with the African Continental Trade Agreement (AfCTA) endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari to boost the trade volume and economic integration among other African countries, and lay the building blocks for the gradual realization of the 'Agenda 2063- the Africa We Want' goal\u201d. Mr Ndaliman reiterated the body's commitment to supporting federal government and other African leaders in their quest to industrialize the African continent by ensuring that young engineering graduates and students are well equipped through training and re-training of the industrial workforce. The National Chairman appreciated the funding and supports received from various organizations, such as Royal Academy of Engineers, \u2013 GCRF, Africa Catalyst Phase 3.0, IAESTE, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Energy Training Centre, Industrial Training Fund, IMechE-UK, EFN-UK, Balbus, UK Limited, Laspotech, African Engineering Education Association, and other distinguished Nigerian Engineers and Engineering Organizations. The event had in attendance renowned and seasoned engineers and big wigs in the engineering world.