A total of 35 Nigerians benefited from the Rotary Club of Lagos Island empowerment programme in energy management.
The two-day empowerment programme ended on Friday at Ishak Tolaram Foundation Building, Fadeyi, Lagos.
The President-Elect, Mr Sanjay Srivastava, said that the empowerment programme was to minimise the rate of unemployment in the country and share innovative knowledge in the energy sector.
He said that the programme was part of the charity club’s corporate social responsibility to positively impact on communities without electricity.
According to him, the NGO had held four streams of the empowerment programme from October 2019 which over 200 graduates had benefited till date.
He noted that the beneficiaries were exposed to career opportunities in the energy sector like: Basic knowledge in Nigeria energy, insightful employability skills, key entrepreneurship, funding and energy project management.
“The empowerment programme is to serve as eye opener to many of our engineers who are not in the habit of updating themselves, they should be able to set up some better businesses now,” he said.
Earlier, the District Governor of the club, Dr Jide Akeredolu, urged the beneficiaries to take up knowledge gained to improve on themselves and their communities.
He said that the programme was held to also salvage humanity, urging them to strive to make positive changes in their various communities.
” This is a community of humanitarians touching people’s lives, we expect that you also affect other people’s lives with what you have learnt so far, go to your communities to impact on lives,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Bolaji Omojowo, said he had been exposed to the challenges in the nation’s energy sector and ways to gradually tackle those challenges.
Omojowo, a graduate of Electrical Electronic Engineering from Lagos State Polytechnic, said he had gained adequate knowledge to continue his experiment on telecom powered equipment.
” I appreciate Rotary Club for this opportunity, I currently know how to get my license to operate in Nigeria energy sector and how to approach the market to make profits.
” With the knowledge gained, I can also train others and establish a company of my own.
” I wish to locate a community without power where I can engage in some practicals to generate my power,” he said.
Also, Mr Sunday Ogah, a graduate of Business Management, said he had been enlightened on how to tap power from wind, solar, ocean and other means of power generation.
He expressed gratitude for the knowledge gained and promised to impact on communities.