His passion and naturally endearing skills have given him a leap over his colleagues. Muhammed Jack, 21, is able to build-up by his own, a millet and rice milling machines after several years of apprenticeship under a successful and skillful master in welding and fabrication.
Jack meritoriously establishes himself as the solo youngest right man for his master, Ebou Kebbeh, at the Kebbeh’s Fabrication and Agri-processing Machinery and Equipment in Churchill’s Town. He is described by Mr. Kebbeh as a boy full of idealism, wit and vigor as well as ambition.
The welding workshop also proved to have a foothold in the national agricultural development, establishing itself as an essential hub for food procession through building several milling machines, groundnut decorticating machines and also serve as training centre for personnel from Community Development and Department of Agriculture.
“We have recently concluded training for nine community development workers,” said Mr. Kebbeh, who has at least 12 apprentices under his belt. His workshop, he said, has graduated several people who were fully certified as well skilled machine builders.
He described welding as a good profession, but noted that much attention has not been given to the course in the country.
Further lavishing praises on Jack, who was given to him by his father when the boy was at his tender age, Mr. Kebbeh said that apart from passion, his stoicism, commitment and hardworking have equally contributed to his success. “He has been with me for years,” he said. “His natural skills and dedication helped me encourage him and he really appreciated that.”
Kebbeh, who was born into welding, said he started the apprenticeship under the tutelage of his late father more than 30 years ago– a skill which were handed over to him through his personal diligence and commitment. “I learned the skill from my father,” he said. “And today, I have trained people who have their own workshops now.”
“I was brought here by my dad,” he said. “I really love welding and because of my natural skills, I rapidly excelled.” He confidently confirmed that today, he can build up either of the machines without assistance from anybody including his master. “I am proud of myself today because when my boss gets a contract, he calls me to do the work,” he said.
A shy looking boy, Jack’s ability and wit and also his skillful contribution to national food procession is evident enough to encourage more youths to venture into skills acquisition.
by Bekai Njie