Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has implored youths in Enugu State to take training, skill acquisition and starting small-scale businesses seriously as they hold “the great tomorrow“ they yearn for.
Ugwuanyi spoke on Wednesday in Enugu at the Youths ICT AND Skill Acquisition Project (YISAP) Close Out Ceremony and Presentation of Cash Award to 34 outstanding performing ICT and skill acquisition youths from Igboeze North Local Government Area.
The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Ugonna Ibe, praised Coca-Cola Foundation and Baywood Foundation for making the training of 600 youths in the state on ICT and skill acquisition possible.
“You must have to start from somewhere small, while with commitment and diligence you grow like the big names we have in businesses in the country,” he said.
Ugwuanyi said that the state government had placed priority on youths’ empowerment and engagement in order to build a promising future for them and prepare them for future roles and leadership in all spheres of life.
He, however, congratulated the trainees, urging them to remain focused and put all they had learnt to practical use and benefit.
Speaking, the Country Representative of Baywood Foundation, Mr Chukwudi Ojielo, urged the youths to make use of their Android Internet-enabled devices to create a market space to herald their skills and talents.
Ojielo said that under the YISAP project, which lasted for a year, 200 youths from three council areas within three senatorial zones were trained on various ICT and skills with digitalisation and internet knowledge to go with their new learning.
According to him, youths from Udi Council Area within Enugu West Senatorial Area, Enugu East Council within Enugu East Senatorial Area and Igboeze North within Enugu North Senatorial area benefited from the three-month course duration training.
“Apart from the training and giving 33 outstanding performing trainees in each council area N45,000; we have equipped them to use their Android phone as their big shop for packaging and selling their wares and talents.
“So, through the training, we have succeeded in eliminating the need for physical shops and they can operate from their houses, any available space or as remote as their villages to reach any part of the state, country and world at large,” he said.
The country representative said that the graduating trainees would be followed up and mentored by the foundation to ensure that they succeeded and follow best practices of financial prudence.
He said that the challenges faced during the training included issue of having competent visual sign interpreters, inflationary cost of training materials and stealing of all training items at Igboeze North Council Area, especially a brand new training generator.
One of the participating youths, Mrs Anthonia Ugwu, expressed appreciation to both foundations for adding value to her life and the lives of youths in Enugu State.
Ugwu called on the beneficiaries to utilise the skills they had acquired to enhance their influence and income in life, as well as be employers of labour.
They were trained on entrepreneurship and vocational skills such as ICT, photography, photo,video editing, hair cut, digital marketing, graphics design, confectionery, making of household items, consumables, fascinators, hats and other small scale enterprises, among others.
Highlights of the event were cutting of YISAP closure cake, award to best performing local government chairmen of Udi and Enugu East Council Areas and presentation of cash grants to outstanding youth trainees.
Baywood Foundation in early January 2021 received a grant award of 98,925 dollars from the Coca-Cola Foundation to empower 600 youths in Enugu State through YISAP Project.
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Oando Clean Energy Limited has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (referred to as LAMATA), the Lagos State Government agency tasked with planning, implementing, regulating and franchising sustainable integrated public transport in Lagos.
The MoU establishes a partnership between OCEL and Lagos State in her journey to becoming a sustainable city via the rollout of electric mass transit buses, supporting charging infrastructure and service centres (EV Infrastructure Ecosystem).
The statement obtained from the NGX noted that with over 25 million residents, Lagos is the most populous city in Africa and among the top ten of the world’s fastest-growing megacities.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said the MoU represented the State Government’s commitment to cutting greenhouse gases by replacing them with cleaner sources of energy.
Oladeinde said, “With an understanding that transportation is a key emitter of greenhouse gases in Nigeria, we developed a strategy to cut greenhouse gases by 50%. A key component of this strategy was identifying and developing a more robust mass transit system for Lagos that would include rail and waterways amongst others. Using electricity to power mass transit is a step in the right direction, and from there we would gradually transit to private cars.
“This is just the beginning, there is still a lot more to come on stream. I commend LAMATA and Oando on this MoU signing, and both parties can be rest assured that they have my full backing to ensure success,” he added.
Commenting on the MoU signing, the Managing Director, LAMATA, Engr. Abimbola Akinajo said: “We began this journey late last year, and for us, this has been a rapid development. It speaks to the energy and zeal of both organizations, and that is commendable. Oando Clean Energy came to us with a comprehensive solution that went beyond electric mass transit buses to include supporting infrastructure, and this was key for us, as the full remit of an EV support ecosystem is the only way to achieve success.
“This initiative will not only accelerate the Government’s transportation agenda, but also positively impact the health of Lagosians and the environment. The magnitude of its impact is far-reaching, and when you start to look at it as more than a transport initiative, you will see how laudable a project it is. The Oando brand comes with know-how and experience, and we are relying on this to successfully move from MoU signing to actual implementation that will in the medium to long term benefit over 22 million Lagos commuters. We look forward to a very robust and fruitful partnership.”
In his response, the Chairman, Oando Clean Energy, Adewale Tinubu, who was represented at the MoU signing by Dr. Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune said: “Oando Clean Energy was born out of a need to curate the best energy mix to propel Nigeria and indeed Africa, to its full potential.
As a company, Oando has always championed Public-Private Partnerships as fundamental to Nigeria’s industrialization. Through the signing of this MoU, we are revolutionizing the landscape of mobility by pioneering e-mobility in Lagos. Furthermore, we remain dedicated to achieving our national commitment to net-zero by 2060, ending energy deficiencies and further propelling the country to an industrialized phase through decentralized and sustainable energy systems.
We are excited to be embarking on this journey with Lagos State and must commend their foresight and willingness to forge a template for others to follow. It’s easy to be perturbed by the perceived challenges that come with the mega-city status tag, but by taking this bold step, Lagos is showing the continent what is indeed possible and giving other cities the impetus to redefine today how to build a public transport system for the future.”
Over the last decade, the number of vehicles on Lagos roads has quadrupled, yet studies suggest that Lagos could become the world’s most populated city by 2100 with as many as 100 million residents; and as the city grows, so will the number of vehicles.
This upward trajectory in vehicle numbers poses a significant challenge as transportation has been identified as the key contributing sector at circa 23% to 30% in annual CO2 emissions.
Against this backdrop, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between LAMATA and OCEL will enable the successful fulfilment of the objectives of the Lagos State Government through the deployment of an EV Infrastructure Ecosystem towards the attainment of a sustainable road transport system in the State.
Furthermore, this initiative will bridge the existing gap in available mass transit buses for the increasing number of Lagos commuters.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, Wins Primary for Second term
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has emerged winner of the state governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.
In the primary election conducted at the MKO International Stadium, Abeokuta, five other aspirants contested against the governor.
The aspirants include Olubiyi Otegbeye, Mrs Modele Sarafa- Yussuf, Mr Owodunni Opayemi, Remilekun Bakare and Abdukadir Akinlade.
Of the six aspirants, only Abiodun, attended the primary, while agents of all other aspirants, announced their presence and did what was expected of them.
Giving the details of the election, that was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, the Chairman of the Ogun State APC Primary Election Committee, Chief Wale Ohu, disclosed that 1,180 delegates, from the 20 local governments, were accredited for the exercise.
Announcing the results, Ohu, said Abiodun scored 1,168 votes, while other aapirants, did not secure any vote, saying that two votes were voided.
Prior to the commencement of the process, Ohu, announced to the delegates and all the leaders of the party that attended the event, that all required agents, were present.
Ohu took time to read out names of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other officials of the APC officials that were sent from the National Secretariat.
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