Two hundred (200) female secondary school girls from various schools in the state have graduated from the summer renewable energy training tagged , “Solar4GirlsNaija” , organized by the Office of the Wife of the Governor , in collaboration with Ashadam Solar Initiative .
The week long training offered the 200 girls drawn from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state and beyond the opportunity to learn energy management, building of solar panels and introduction to green energy sources.
Other benefits of the training include climate change awareness, life enhancing skills, breast health awareness, sanitation and menstrual hygiene, plus fitness and aerobics.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at Elizade University , Ilara-Mokin, Ifedore Local Government Area of the state, Mrs Betty Akeredolu described the training as one that will challenge the girls to make good use of the knowledge they have acquired , in order to make a difference, better their lot and boost the economy of the state.
According to her, “This is a training that will challenge our girls, and make them self reliance, such that they can contribute to the economy of the Nation. I want our girls to be more to themselves and to the society. This is a training that will make our girls to ask questions; why are things not working? How can I help the situation?
She said technology is the major option in bridging the gap between the urban and the rural area in terms of acquiring knowledge and charged the solar girls to go and change the world. “What they all got is a university of life not just about techy. It is possible to change this country if only we try. My solar daughters go and impact the world”.
Ehinmosun Tolu of Stella Maris College, Okitipupa, who emerged the best graduating student with 100% assessment score, expressed gratitude to Mrs Akeredolu for what she called rare privilege granted to acquire invaluable knowledge that grantees a brighter future for them and pledged not to let her down.
In her remarks, the Chief Operating Officer, Ashadam , Mrs Damilola Ashele, thanked the first lady for creating enabling environment for the learn process and said she was fulfilled to see that the girls who knew nothing about renewable energy before the training are now experts in the sector.