Tofowomo empowers 100 Ondo youths

Tofowomo empowers 100 Ondo youths

A cross-section of the beneficiaries of Senator Tofowomo’s solar power empowerment program

By Aderemi Bamgbose

Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, who represents Ondo South Senatorial District, said he has trained no fewer than 100 youth in the state to install solar energy.

This was denied in a statement his media advisor Olumide Akinrinlola signed in Okitipupa on Sunday.

Lawmakers said the gesture was meant to tackle youth unrest and other social vices.

Tofovomo said his stance on changing the old order influenced his decision about training on how to install solar energy, which would help create jobs for young people and make them self-employed.

According to him, the only option for the country is to create a center and train youth in the acquisition of skills to create more jobs and increase the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

“The government is not doing enough to create job opportunities.

“Nigeria produces an average of around 50,000 graduates each year and around 40,000 are unemployed. When multiplied by 10 years, around 400,000 young people are unemployed.

“In my opinion, the government should create centers to develop skills so that our youth can be reorganized and learn to be self-sufficient and become self-employed professionals.

“I think the recent #EndSARS protests have degenerated the chaos due to unemployment. Such a demonstration would have been avoided if the young people were self-employed or employed in various parastates.

“Society should transform its people, empowering young people with skills so they don’t idle and engage in unrest and other social vices,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tofowomo, who promised further ICT training for teens before the end of December, urged beneficiaries of the empowerment to use the training wisely to defend themselves.

Mr. Michael Kala, a beneficiary of Ese-Odo, thanked the Senator and urged other politicians to imitate such gestures and stop giving money to young people, but instead empower them.

Another beneficiary, Mr Temidayo Olagundoye from Ile-Oluji / Oke-Igbo, added that unemployment was the cause of protests, banditry, kidnapping and robbery in the country.

He urged governments to empower young people to contain vices that are damaging to the economy.

Each beneficiary received two large solar modules, a 12 kV inverter, solar controls, solar flashes, solar kits, a tool kit, solar fans and financial support for motivation.

The beneficiaries of the training, which began November 26-28 in Ile-Oluji, were selected from non-party affiliates from Okitipupa, Irele, Odigbo, Ese-Odo, Ilaje and Ile-Oluji-Oke-Igbo, the six council areas of the district .


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