Forty youths, including a female, in Lantang, Plateau State, have been trained on renewable energy technology and auto mechanic by the National Agency for Science Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).
The capacity building workshop was organized in collaboration with the member representing Langtang North/Langtang South in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Beni Lar
Speaking at the workshop, the Executive Vice Chairman ofNASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna described the training as another landmark in the history of the agency in developing the capacity of Nigerians in various fields of technology and engineering.
He challenged the participants to read their hand manual and make use of their starter pack so as to contribute their own quota to the development of the society.
Haruna who was respresented by the agency’s director of technology business development, Mr Nathan Pawa said NASENI, by its mandate and scope of operation, is Nigeria’s only purpose-built agency designed to conduct developmental work in the areas of manufacturing, pointing out that, it is capable of coordinating the proliferation of technologies developed within or outside of its centers including patents obtained.
According to him, “Technologies developed in the areas of spares, components and systems engineering are to be transferred to entrepreneurs for the production of goods and services. Nigeria can have the benefit of a rapid technological development by strengthening NASENI”.
On her part, Beni Lar, who was represented by her senior legislative assistant, Joshua Laven Ubandoma, spoke of the need to build the capacity of the youth to conform with the modern realities.
According to her, Langtang North and Langtang South have a lot of challenges in the area of renewable energy because the two local government areas have a lot of solar panels and they have discovered that the people to carry out maintenance of these panels are not readily available.
“We realized that we cannot keep on paying heavily on maintaining them and going outside the council areas to hire people to come and maintain them for us as we spend millions of naira monthly for these. That is why we have resolved to train our own youths on the technical know-how to handle this as a way of empowering them and to make them self-dependent,” she said.
On his part, the Managing Director, NASENI Solar Energy Ltd, Engr. Dr. Jafaru Mahmud, said the collaboration between the lawmaker and the agency was to provide hands-on training for the participants from the wealth of knowledge and expertise domiciled in the agency.
“This event was initiated or it’s collaboration between Hon. Beni Lar and NASENI. It’s a capacity building event in two parts. One of it is on renewable energy, specifically solar energy. And, the other one is on auto mechanics. She has installed close to about two thousand (2000) street lights. We call them stand alone and she felt that it would be good if there are local expertise that can be maintaining these things and that will also, take some of the youths off the streets and help them generate income.
“It will also generate wealth, that will also protect the environment the more. And, she felt that, the National Agency for Science Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has a renewable energy outfit and we have been the people coming to install some of the solar standalone street lights. And, being encouraged by the performance of our facilities, she decided to call on us to collaborate so that we can be upgrading and preparing the youths to be able to stand alone as a vocation. That’s one part of it,” he said.
Two beneficiaries of the programme, Deborah Langyi and Angyi Zingkong Solomon while commending the organisers said the training was apt and timely, saying they would put into practice the knowledge gain from the training to add value to their lives and the society. They commended the federal lawmaker and NASENI for the opportunity given them.
“This programme has really enlightened me the more and I will like to advise the federal government to encourage us (mechanics) the more because, some of us don’t and didn’t have the opportunity to go to school and then, we find ourselves in our profession and most Nigerians look at roadside mechanics as ‘never-do-wells’ and illiterates. It will be a good thing if government can encourage people like us to do better and maybe further in this field,” Langyi said.
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