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In the eyes of every child are dreams untold and visions to behold. The joy of hearing children mutter their first words never leaves the hearts of parents. But how greater that joy would be if most of the children move on to acquire the ability to read and write. Sahara Foundation has at the heart of its intervention activities the desire to give children platforms to experience the joy of reading and writing their way to various achievements in life. With the number of adult illiterates in Nigeria having increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million in 2013 and over 10.5 million children out of school, Sahara Foundation has invested in several partnerships and staff volunteer initiatives to drive well thought-out initiatives to help boost the literacy level in Nigeria.
On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 and Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Lagos and Onne respectively, Sahara Foundation held the maiden edition of the ‘Read to Me’ School Project. This initiative seeks to encourage reading for knowledge and leisure, improve the vocabulary of beneficiaries and encourage individual reading through distribution of free story books to beneficiaries. It involved a direct engagement between volunteers (staff members) and beneficiaries (pupils). Volunteers had an interactive session with the pupils through reading and pronunciation activities. The initiative also provided an opportunity for donation of story books to help cultivate the habit of reading in the pupils and also give them the opportunity to learn new words, boost their vocabulary and pronunciation in a fun and interactive way. Now, the stage is set for the emergence of rocket scientists and Nobel laureates from hitherto unsung children. It all starts by opening the minds of children through reading to them and encouraging them to read. For Sahara Foundation, this has become a way of life.
The ‘Read to Me’ project was originally designed for 1,000 pupils in two schools in Lagos and Onne but the project was eventually carried out in 6 primary schools reaching out to 1,100 pupils.
- Federal Housing Estate Primary School, Lagos
- Awoyaya Primary School Lagos
- Victoria Island Primary School, Lagos
- Ansa-Udeen Primary School, Lagos
- Central Primary School, Onne
- Model Primary School, Onne
The read to me project is one of the many initiatives to be used to steer Nigeria to a greater place and one platform for Sahara group is using to bring energy to the lives of the future of Nigeria and the world.
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The nation’s power sector has received a remarkable boost in its human capital profile following the employment 107 young Graduate Engineers by Sahara Power Group in keeping with the company’s commitment to youth empowerment and development of local capacity in the sector.
A leading player in the sector, Sahara Power comprises KEPCO Energy Resource Limited, New Electricity Distribution Company and NG Power-HPS Limited. These subsidiaries have stakes in Egbin Power Plc, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, IKEDC) and First Independent Power Limited (FIPL), respectively. The young engineers, some of whom were sourced from the host communities where the subsidiary companies operate will commence a rigorous training programme that will equip them for their roles in IKEDC, Egbin and FIPL.
The Managing Director/CEO Sahara Power, Mr Kola Adesina, disclosed at the induction ceremony for the recruited Engineers that the exercise was in line with the robust human capital development policy of Sahara Power aimed at ensuring enhanced capacity and seamless employee succession through knowledge transfer.
Adesina said the intensive training programme which will be facilitated by the National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) will ensure the “bright engineers hit the ground running.” He said: “Sahara Power is laying a solid foundation for upscaling capacity, productivity and efficiency in our subsidiaries and the entire power sector through an army of young professionals that will be exposed to continuing training opportunities in line with global trends and practices.”
Adesina further explained that appointment of the 107 engineers sets the tone for the commencement of a career progression and succession plan strategy to ensure that the more experienced professionals in IKEDC, Egbin Power and FIPL transfer knowledge to the younger generation to drive sustainability and efficiency.
He urged the beneficiaries of the exercise to take advantage of the programme to kick-start a career that will change the face of the power sector in Nigeria. “You are coming into an organisation that offers platforms for success. We believe in you all and are confident that with young professionals like you the future is bright for Nigeria,” he told the young engineers.
Speaking at the event, NAPTIN Director General, Engr Reuben Okeke commended Sahara Power for spearheading a renewed drive for enhanced human capital development in the sector. “NAPTIN is delighted with the collaboration with Sahara Power and remain committed to ensuring that young engineers who go through the institute will emerge as future leaders of the sector in Nigeria and beyond,” he said.
Commending Sahara Power for the project, Ifeyinwa Nwaoyo, one of the interns, said the project represents a great opportunity for Nigerian youths to be gainfully employed and be grounded in their field of study. “This will certainly change the face of the power sector. I intend to make the best use of this platform and look forward to emerging as CEO of IKEDC in future,” she said.
Another intern, Ikeolapo Sonoiki, a graduate of Electrical/Electronics Engineering, said he is looking forward to learning from more established engineers as he begins his quest for a successful career in the sector. “I am grateful to Sahara power for this opportunity and I am confident I will become a reference point in terms of expertise in the power sector in Nigeria and outside our shores.”
Speaking on the choice of NAPTIN for this resource function, the Sahara Power boss said it was informed by the company’s belief that NAPTIN is well equipped to provide the depth of expertise required to master peculiarities of the sector as the reforms continue to unfold.
He however added that Sahara Power would also take advantage of its relationship with the globally renowned Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) to expose its professionals to offshore training and exchange programmes.
“The graduate recruitment and training programme will be a continuous exercise as Sahara Power envisions a future of robust power supply in Nigeria led by excellent professionals who can match their counterparts anywhere in the world. We will definitely continue to play a leading role in ensuring that Nigeria realizes its aspirations in the power sector,” Adesina added.
Today, we live in a world keen on powering nations, industries and homes with alternative sources of energy. Some nations have since recorded a significant shift in this quest, leading to milestone achievements in wind, solar, nuclear energy generation.
Nigeria also has huge aspirations in this regard, as ongoing public and private sector driven partnerships in alternative power generation continue to gain ground across the nation.
On July 17,2014 at the Eko Hotel and Suites,five teams representing universities from around Nigeria came together to proffer sustainable solutions to the challenge of power supply in Nigeria using the Enactus Nigeria National Competition 2014 as the platform.
“The Sahara Light Up Nigeria Power Challenge,”one of the headline events of the programme was sponsored by Sahara Group. Coming on the heels of its acquisition of Egbin Power Plant and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, the Sahara Group provided support for the programme to inspire accelerated and sustainable success for Nigeria in her quest for alternative energy sources.
The programme offered a platform for Nigerian undergraduates to task their intellect to create a better living experience for their localities through affordable and sustainable source of alternative energy.
“We have identified with and supported many sustainable interventions in the jurisdictions where we operate. The Sahara Light Up Nigeria Challenge represents another significant project for us as it seeks to provide sustainable solutions to our power challenges using Nigerian youths and components that can be sourced and replicated locally. We are overwhelmed by the ingenuity of some in the presentation and this further reinforces our faith in a brighter future for Power in Nigeria,” said Tonye Cole, Executive Director, Sahara Group.
The event featured representatives from the Kaduna Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State, University Of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, University Of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State and University Of Science And Technology, Enugu.The five teams presented to judges practical inventions that have enabled far reaching positive impacts on the socio-economic well-being of the respective communities where the institutions are located.
The projects highlighted include:
Kaduna Polytechnic – Wind Turbine
This project leverages on windmill technology to provide electricity for a community that has never experienced power supply. Power generated from the wind mill is stored in a dry cell battery and converted through an inverter for use. It has the capacity to power 50 light bulbs (2 bulbs per household) and can last over a 12 hour period. It does not portend any safety issue unlike the conventional electricity ie cannot cause electrocution. The team also planned to train five community members on the key functions of the systems for sustainability. The items used in creating the technology are environmental friendly and bio-degradable.
Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State – Solar Incubator For Agriculture
The project is meant to address the challenges of power in a poultry farm. This incubator is a semi-automatic incubator. It does not use fuel or a diesel engine, it uses solar panels and of which it has a 100 AMP battery for storing energy from sunlight along with charger controller. When fully charged, it can provide stored energy that will last three days, securing uninterrupted power supply. This incubator is noiseless, eliminating air pollution.
University Of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State – Wind Turbine (Green Wine)
Still leveraging on windmill technology to provide electricity to the community’s health centre which has no access to public power supply. The items used in creating the technology are environmental friendly and bio-degradable. It requires only wind to generate power that will be converted into electricity.
University Of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State – Fuel less Generator
The project is targeted at small business owners facing the challenges of electricity supply which affects businesses on a daily basis and individuals facing the problem of powering basic household appliances. This project employs the principle of an inverter to generate power, making use of a battery as the primary source of energy. The generating sets require no fuel to generate power and they are also noiseless.
Enugu State University Of Science And Technology, Enugu – Fuel less Generator (Energy Of Empowerment)
The generator is made up of a battery, alternator and an inverter. The project is targeted at small business owners facing the challenges of electricity supply. The generator is eco-friendly as it emits a reduced amount of gas because it is does not use fuel, thereby protecting the environment and providing electricity.
Following a keenly contested competition, Kaduna Polytechnic emerged winners of the 2014 Sahara Light up Nigeria challenge. Their wind turbine invention, inspired by the need of the people, is one that holds huge promises for the institution’s host community, and indeed, the entire nation. The team who felt very excited about their win and the fact that their vision to create a sustainable and affordable source of electricity was actualized, said:
“Sahara has created a captivating challenge for the youth. We are starting early and hope to create a path for the generation coming, to ensure greater works by them and a rapid development in our nation”- Daniel Onovoh (student of Kaduna Polytechnic).
Sahara Group remains committed to supporting the initiative as well as other sustainable alternative energy sources that will position Nigeria for accelerated socio-economic growth and development.
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A combination of strict adherence to best safety standards and operational expertise has earned Enageed Resource Limited, a member of the Sahara Group the record of one million man-hours loss time injury (LTI) free on the ongoing additional 126 square km seismic acquisition on OPL 274.
Enageed which hit the record on Friday March 21st 2014 has been shooting seismic over the difficult terrain of the 126 square kilometer in the Depo-belt of the Niger Delta basin using the Nigerian company Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL) as the seismic contractor.
Enageed’s management attributed the feat to the company’s unwavering zero-tolerance to issues that could compromise safety as well as the commitment and enterprise of its staff who are grounded in the sound Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) policies of the company.
“Safety is the cardinal driver of all our operations and processes. This achievement reinforces the depth of our HSE policies and the unique bond of working and winning together which ties all our staff together as we continue to align our activities with globally acclaimed best practices. Although the terrain is extremely difficult, the best safety practices put in place by ERL have so far prevented an LTI on the operation.” the company’s management said.
The seismic operation for the 126 square kilometer seismic started in June 2013 and is scheduled to end in April 2014. Over 1500 men were involved in the operation on the field which is wholly marine and cuts across two states of the federation.
In addition, five camps were situated through the prospect area and over 100 boats daily were used in this acquisition.
Enageed remains committed to exploring and implementing strategies that will drive all-round health and safety awareness within and outside the work place, whilst encouraging and empowering staff to embrace activities that will enhance their health and fitness levels.
Medical Test being conducted by crew nurse and Doctor