As a way of reducing electricity problem in Nigeria and providing employment for the teeming youth in the country, a lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Ganiu Okanlawon Sanni has sponsored the training of some youths in the production of alternative energy.
Sanni, representing Kosofe Constituency 2 in the Assembly, stated that the training programme was meant to provide technicians for the energy sector and take the youths out of the unemployment market.
Speaking to journalists during the programme on Friday 30th August, Okanlawon stated that it was a shared vision between him and the Managing Director of Fu-nergy, Mr. Nojeem Abdulrasaq.
“We decided that we should use the programme to better the lots of the people of my constituency.
“The lawmaker representing Kosofe Constituency 1 and I have the responsibility to make laws and to put smiles on the faces of the people of the constituency.
“We also want to ensure that we do something about unemployment amongst the youths which is becoming alarming.
“Unemployment leads to a lot of crimes, so we want to bring the youths from the unemployment market on board and train them in one vocation or the other.
“We have energy gap and deficiency in our society, so we need to train our youths on this to realise themselves and know who they are.
“It is not enough going about with certificates all over the place. What the Asian Tiger did was to develop their middle class, so what is wrong with us here.
“The programme is to practically meant to empower our people. For those who would be trained for the next three months, those who are outstanding among them would be gainfully employed and paid salaries,” he said.
Sanni added that some of the youths would become their own bosses and make a difference in the world.
He stressed that the technicians would improve the Gross Domestic Products of the country, and solve the energy problem and create employment for the people.
“We shall be training 15 of our youth for the (train the trainers) scheme and another set who will be undergoing training in the (technical, sales/marketing and customer care) scheme making 30 trainees in all,” he said.
In his comment, Mr. Nojeem Abdulrasaq stated that the programme was meant to light-up Kosofe and empower the youths of the constituency.
He added that the company produces inverters locally and train experts for the production of the equipments in Nigeria.
Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke to journalists commended Hon. Okanlawon Sanni and Fu-nergy for the project.
In his view, Mr. Aborisade Olanrewaju Emmanuel stated that everybody was aware of the level of unemployment in the country and that the programme would reduce unemployment and solve the problem of epileptic power supply in Nigeria.
Also speaking, Mr. Oluwafemi Olanrewaju Kasali stated that it was an eye opener for him and other youth.
“We realised that the issue of power supply and generation in Nigeria is epileptic, which is why Fu-Energy partnered Hon. Sanni Okanlawon for this training.
“We have been having the training for some months now. It is meant for people like us to help the society,” he said.
In his comment, Mr. Habeeb Sanni said that it was a laudable programme and that was coming at “this apt time when we are bereft of adequate power supply and the youths are bereft of adequate employment and empowerment.”
He thanked Hon. Okanlawon Sanni for coming up with the programme, which he said would ameliorate the suffering of the people and the youths of the constituency.