The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure has trained 100 youths in Kwara State on modern electrical installations and maintenance in order to promote employment and self-reliance.
It said this in a statement signed by the Director, Information & Protocol, NASENI, Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, on Saturday.
The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NASENI, Dr. Bashir Gwandu, during the closing ceremony of the five-day training in Ilorin, Kwara State, thanked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for the foresight by the Federal Government to impact directly the youths through the NASENI Skill Development Programme.
Gwandu, who was represented at the occasion by the Coordinating Director, Planning & Business Development, Mrs. Nonyem Onyechi, said, “Our aim is to ensure that our teeming youths develop modern skills in electrical installations and maintenance required for creation of jobs and self-employment generation.”
The Chief of Staff to President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, represented by Yahya Alapansanpa, who is the chairman, Governing Board of Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency, at the closing ceremony said that the concern of the Buhari regime was to build the capacity of youths and to empower them mentally and upgrade their skills as a way of preparing the youths for the future.
“The policy of the Federal Government is to increase the capacity and competence of the youths and the country’s workforce to be able to compete with their contemporaries within and outside the country,” he said.
The chief of staff urged participants to use the modern tools not to only empower themselves but also to become successful entrepreneurs in electrical installations and maintenance and beyond,” he said.
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development, Olabode Towoju, said the empowerment of youths in Kwara State was a priority in the state.
Participants at the training were equipped with tools and equipment such as work-master, electrical tools boxes, cordless drilling machine, multi-meter tester and other electrical tool kits.
NASENI Skill Development Programme began middle of 2022 and the first phase was targeted to be completed before the expiration of the tenure of the Buhari regime on Monday.