TVET: ECOWAS indicates interest in Solar Kiosk project 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Nigeria has indicated interest in the sponsorship of the Solar Kiosk Project, one of the flagship projects of the programme.

The development was the outcome of a visit to the commission by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education (SSAP-TVEE), Madam Abiola Arogundade, who was at the commission in continuation of her drive to get partnership for the success of the programme.

In her remarks at the meeting with the Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture in the commission, Mrs. Massandje Toure-Litse, Madam Arogundade explained that her office decided to embark on the Solar Kiosk project as a means to reach the greatest number of Nigerians in the quest to accomplish the mandate of her office to contribute substantially to poverty reduction in the country.

Madam Arogundade described the project as a one-stop shop for the beneficiaries, ranging from hairdressers and barbers, to carpenters and other artisans, explained that aside working independently outside of the national power supply, the kiosk would also provide alternative sources of income for them as the kiosks are also installed with charging points for phone charging and other facilities as well as space for other small businesses.

Madam Arogundade, who was accompanied on  the visit by the project consultants, said the kiosk project has also provided jobs for other artisans like carpenters, welders and others, who,  according to her, are not only  involved in the construction but would also be retained for the regular maintenance of the kiosks.