Governor Babatunde Fashola
By Gboyega Akinsanmi
Lagos State Government at the weekend announced its partnership with Siemens Power Academy and Senator Gbenga Ashafa on how to develop capacity to the youth in implementing its energy and power projects.
This was contained in a statement by General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB), Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi, saying LSEB and the state Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources had started the project implementation.
Ogunbiyi said Youth Energy Career Programme (YECP) was conceived as part of the state government’s commitment to Sustainable Power Sector Development which has been identified as a key area to be addressed for the State’s continued development.
According to her, the programme would commence on April 4 and consists of work experience on energy development at LSEB and practical training at Siemens Power Academy.
She explained that LSEB “is the implementing agency under the state Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources responsible for Energy Development, Independent Power Projects and Public Lighting in the state.
“The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and LSEB are pleased to partner with Sen. Ashafa on this Programme. It is a means of empowering and creating employment for graduates from the Lagos East Senatorial district.
“The objective of the Youth Energy Career Programme is to effectively train and empower electrical energy/power operatives for employment in the Nigerian energy /power development market”, she elaborated.
She said 15 participants were selected to take part in the programme from over 1,000 applicants after an aptitude test and series of interviews.
She added that the participants would be equipped with the knowledge of general electrical engineering principles, protection of electrical networks, the smart grid, power distribution economics and financial grid, managing power projects and power impacts.
According to the general manager, this would give them the skills needed to become employable within the energy and power sector. She added that the graduates would be tested on their performance at planned milestones all through the programme.