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Kwara tech hub: NGOs donate energy solutions to boost technology



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Akomolafe Foundation and the Governance Advancement Initiative of Nigeria have donated and installed a solar energy system at the Makers and Leaders Hub, a technology hub in Ilorin, Kwara State.

This was contained in a statement by the Managing Partner of MALhub, Kalmaldeen Kehinde, noted that the donation by the two non-governmental organisations was aimed at addressing the persistent challenge of erratic power supply hindering technological advancement in the region.

He stated that, despite efforts to develop local tech talent, the hub struggled with an erratic power supply.

He lauded the collaborative effort between the AF and GAIN for ushering in a new era of sustainability for the hub, catapulting it into a realm of uninterrupted learning and innovation.

Kehinde declared that the intervention would go a long way in enabling the hub to consistently train aspiring entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts in a conducive and efficient learning environment.

Speaking with journalists, the hub’s operations lead, Cynthia Okafor, stated that before the installation of the solar system, the learning experience of participants and tech enthusiasts was disrupted by unreliable power supplies and generator noise.

“There were times when we could be in the middle of a coding session and suddenly, the power would cut out,” Okafor said.

The tech hub’s role in developing human capacity and creating a viable workforce for the future is recognised by the Akomolafe Foundation through its workshops and training sessions, the President of the Foundation, Femi Akomolafe, told FIDELINFO correspondence

“We believe that access to reliable power is crucial for educational equity, particularly in the tech sector. It is the key to equipping our future workforce with the skills they need to compete on a global stage,” he added.

The co-founder of GAIN, Dr Leke Otunuga, spoke on the societal impact of the solar project.

He said, “The youth population in Nigeria is roughly above 55 per cent. Engaging with the Akomolafe Foundation to provide solar solutions to Nigeria’s notorious power problem means two things: one, the GAIN is helping to engage, empower, and enable the youth to harness and positively direct their creative and natural energy for overall national development. Two, we help the youth get positively engaged and stay off criminal activities.”

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