He disclosed this at the 2014 power kids award ceremony organised by the state’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the State Electricity Board to encourage students in public schools to start developing capacity in the area of power technology and energy infrastructure among others.
A student of Ijaiye Ojokoro Junior High School, Miss Titilope Bamgboye, emerged the winner of the 2014 power kids contest, which the governor said, was designed to stir up students in public schools “to whatever they want to be by just dreaming it and working towards it.”
He said the role of the government was “to continue to hold the kids by the hands and guide their steps in the journey to the future. We have seen that from very modest beginnings, we can produce great scientists.
“I have seen the efforts to build a power crane; make the motorized taxi and develop a blender from essentially scraps. It all tells me when we start producing the right kind of steel; the right kind of plastics and the petro-chemical plant are up and running, then there is nothing beyond you because you have the power to imagine and to dream.”
He added that the power kids initiative was already producing very obvious results of awareness about power and that a similar initiative that was started about two years ago was also bearing fruits as products of the Samsung Academy in the state were graduating and were getting straight into work.
He said the state was transforming challenges in the power sector “into opportunities and opportunities into prosperity. But the power kids have a responsibility to protect the club so that it could be passed on to the next generation.”
He said he could not belong to the power club because it did not happen in his own time but that there was nothing mystical about energy and electricity, noting that it was all about education mixed with fun and that the initiative “is a message that is creeping across the state and hopefully across the country.”
Fashola urged the participants “to take away the lesson that all of things that are not enough can still go round many more people if they are conserved and that the campaign continues about conserving energy and saving money.
He said if the people could conserve with telephones, it could be done with anything, adding that he is very much aware that in the process of conservation of credit units on the telephone, Nigerians have developed a language called “flash” that does not exist in any other parts of the world where cell phones are used.
“But what is essential about flashing is that people are conserving their credit unit and I hope we will take that sense of conservation into power, into water and into many other materials, recycling, reusing and conserving” he said.