With its efforts to ensure a fast growing economy, increase job creation and the quality life through the generation and provision of affordable clean energy, Inlaks Energy, a unit of Inlaks, has embarked on a series of life empowerment initiatives through its corporate social responsibility programme for secondary school students, undergraduates and yet-to-be-employed graduates to build capacity in solar energy as an alternative source of power.
The company promised to partner state governments to reduce unemployment in the country through the provision of alternative source of energy and training of youth to become self-reliant.
Inlaks introduced the project at the just concluded eight-week master class the basics of solar energy to 22 senior secondary school students at the Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, delving on the importance of alternative source of energy in the development of the economy.
The eight-week long training entailed both theoretical and practical aspect of solar energy component, which brought the students together and exposed them to the intricate of generating solar power for homes and small businesses.
Speaking on the rationale for the solar energy training, Executive Director, Infrastructure Business Unit of Inlaks, Tope Dare explained that the project was meant to give back to the society as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
He further revealed Inlaks’ plan to partner state governments to train young adults, which would go a long way to reduce rates of unemployment in the states.
Giving feedback on the impacts of the training, one of the students, Doyinsola Ogunsola, expressed how enlightened she was after the master class, adding that the students have gained more understanding on solar energy, rudiments of its application, to the economic value of solar energy as well as its contribution towards a greener and safer planet.
According to him, “the goal of the CSR effort by Inlaks is to ensure that the trained participants acquire the skills needed for financial and career empowerment, and eventually attaining affiliate partner status, installing solar solutions on behalf of Inlaks Energy or venturing into entrepreneurship and specialize in buying and installing solar energy for homes in the country”.
Inadequate electricity and affordable clean energy in most African nations is a known difficulty that has grossly affected the economic and development growth of the nations, most especially, Nigeria where over $16 billion has been expended with less than 3,000 megawatts generated in 16 years.
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