As Kwara State University’s Ekiti campus is set to be completed by October, graduands of International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), Ajase-ipo, are encouraged to take up wealth creation with passion. Oladipo Magaji reports.
Construction works on Ekiti campus of the Kwara State University ((KWASU) are expected to be completed in October, this year. The state governor, Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed dropped this hint during an inspection visit to the project site.
Ahmed also expressed satisfaction with the level of work done on the site and assured that academic activities will commence immediately after the completion of the project. He also commended the contractor and consultant handling the project and charged them to sustain the tempo of their work.
While conducting the governor round the site, the Consultant, Architect Tunji Oyedepo explained that the project is at 35 per cent completion, assuring that the project would be delivered on schedule. The buildings under construction on the campus included lecture theatre, administrative offices and hostel.
Governor Ahmed also inspected Oke-Opin township road in Ekiti local government, as well as Ipetu-Rore-Arandun road and Aran-Orin township road in Irepodun local government area where he said the quality of works were in consonance with funds released for the respective projects.
Ahmed also directed immediate rehabilitation of Oke Opin – Epe Opin Community Bridge to control erosion in the area. According to the governor, “The Infrastructure Development Fund established by this government has made funding of our projects much easier”.
Ahmed also promised that no part of the state would be left out in the provision of infrastructure. Gov. Ahmed Charges Graduates of IVTEC on Wealth Creation. Meanwhile, Governor Ahmed has urged the first set of graduates of solar installation, troubleshooting and maintenance from the International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), Ajase-ipo, to take up the business passionately as a means of creating wealth for themselves and conserving the environment.
The governor gave the charge at the graduation ceremony of the 25 indigene beneficiaries of Riccofortezza-Asteven Energy Limited scholarship at the College in Ajase-Ipo on Friday. Riccofortezza-Asteven Energy Limited is one of the two companies handling the Light-Up Kwara (LUK) project in the State.
The governor further urged the graduands to put into practice the skills they have acquired as well as make judicious use of the N1million startup package they got from the company.
He, however, lamented that Nigeria had relied on limited source of energy for so long and as such, it has not taken advantage of the development in solar energy that is going on around the world. He added that this has brought about limited opportunities in the country.
He noted that one of the ways a country can grow is through Energy creativity and innovation. He added that with the level of unemployment in the country, government at all levels need to create opportunities for empowerment.
Also, the governor assured that after the ongoing installation of solar powered streetlights in different parts of the metropolis, solar energy will further be deployed to power existing infrastructure like hospitals, offices, homes and villages. He disclosed that the initiative will be driven under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
He further assured that his administration will continue to make funds available for startups to grow to desirable levels in the State.
The governor, therefore commended Riccofortezza-Asteven Energy Limited for the empowerment and called on other contractors, corporate bodies, organisations and well-meaning individuals to emulate Riccofortezza-Asteven Energy Limited by sponsoring students for training at IVTEC or endow departments of the College.
In his address, the Chairman, Asteven Group, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo congratulated the graduands for their interest in green economy and urged them to exploit opportunities therein to become employers of labour. He also appreciated the State government for the opportunity to extend his company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to the State.
Responding, a representative of the graduands, Mr Oluwaseun Ajibola, thanked the State government and Riccofortezza-Asteven Energy Limited for the opportunity and promised to make judicious use of the investment made in them to impact more lives and be contributors to the economy.
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