Leading Nigerian Electricity Distribution Company,
Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) has partnered with Slot Foundation to train 40 young
persons in a skill acquisition and capacity building empowerment scheme, tagged
Youth Empowerment Program (YEP).
YEP is one of IE’s Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) initiatives designed to empower youths who are mainly
residents of its host communities, to be economically and socially responsible
through technical skill acquisition.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony held this
morning at the Corporate Headquarters of IE, the Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Youdeowei said, the company has demonstrated its
commitment to improving the quality of lives of residents of its areas of
operation as evidenced by the impact of its personal Corporate Social
Responsibility (PCSR) initiatives across its network, since inception.
According to a World Economic Forum report on
youth population in 2018, four in every 10 people are aged under 25 and they
constitute 42 percent of the global population. Nearly half of the World’s
young people live in sub-Saharan Africa.
Youdeowei said; “So it therefore becomes imperative that young people are empowered to earn a living through entrepreneurship. This effort is also a crucial contribution to poverty reduction which is the whole idea behind Ikeja Electric’s support for this laudable project.”
“We are very delighted to have partnered the leading household name in Phone and Computer repairs. We have no doubt that the knowledge that these youth have gained in this program will equip them adequately as they venture into the world of entrepreneurs.”
“The YEP Initiative has the potential of integrating the values of a good and productive citizenship in our youths, by motivating them to lead a normal life and by providing them a platform to develop and showcase their skills.”
“Participants should ensure that they make the best use of the opportunity that has been granted them, to achieve self-sufficiency. For those of you graduating today, you have made the right choice. I congratulate you and urge you all to make good use of this great opportunity given to you to set up your own business and become employers of labour.”
Managing Director, Slot Systems Limited, Mr Nnamdi Ezeigbo, expressed delight at the partnership with IE,
which he described as a collaboration of value.
He said; “The training exercise for me is very impactful. It is the kind of empowerment that the young people should ask from the multi-national companies that are willing to create value for the society. Companies that are interested in Corporate Social Responsibilities.”
“We are not just saying that empowerment should be about giving people money. We feel that empowerment should be about skill acquisition. This programme will help young people to become skillful and help them to become employable and most of them might even chose to be self-employed.”
The training session which lasted for three months was held at the Slot Academy and participants were selected from across the Ikeja Electric host communities. They were trained in computer, phones and accessories maintenance and repair as well as business entrepreneurship ideas web design, hosting and maintenance.
In recent times, Ikeja Electric has been at the
forefront of youth empowerment with focus on improving the lives of customers
within its host communities across its six (6) Business Units with empowerment
initiatives aimed at contributing to the growth of the society