As part of his personal Community Development Service (CDS), A corps member Lawal Abdullateef serving in Kaduna state has trained over 100 students on plantain chips production and took another 30 on excursion to a computer company; Hepzibah Integrated Technology Limited.
The plantain chips production training took place on the 3rd of March 2016 at three different locations; EHCOWAS Discovery Academy, Hayin Banki, Government Secondary School, Kawo and Government Girls Secondary School, Kawo all within Igabi Local Government, Kaduna where the corps member currently serves.
The students were taken through the process of sourcing materials for production and a practical on the process of producing plantain chips was undertaken by the corps member.
Explaining the process, Abdullateef said that the students must maintain good personal hygiene throughout the production.
“After collecting the raw plantain, we first peel and slice into a clean container. After this, we will add food colourant, table salt, sugar and water at required quantity before frying. We can either fry with vegetable or palm oil depending on choice. We must be neat and careful during this process so as to have good output,” he explained.
The following day, 4th March 2016, the students of EHCOWAS Discovery Academy were taken on an excursion to Hepzibah Integrated Technology limited located, Magajin gari, Kaduna.
They were received by the Head of the training Mr Kelle Irenuma who took them through the Business, networking, hardware and sales departments of the company.
Commenting on the organisation of the students, Mr Irenuma said that the students were well organized as he would love to see them take up different trainings with the company.
The overjoyed students in their comments said that they have learned as well as enjoyed themselves during the excursion and training.
One of them, Hajara Mahmud Mahmud an SS3 student of the school when asked about the excursion replied that it was the ‘best excursion experience she ever had.’
In her remarks, the principal of Ehcowas Discovery Academy, Hajiya Fatima Muhammad lauded the corps member on the initiative. While urging the students to take it serious, she said that the knowledge will assist them not to solely depend on the government in the future.
Thanking God for the successful successful completion of the projects, Abdullateef who hailed form Kwara state said that he was encouraged because the world is changing in technological and business fields.
“We are in the computer era and everything you do now requires computer literacy that is why I deem it fit to take them on the excursion to expose them to new things. For the plantain training, it is something I have been doing before and I feel I should train them on a skill which will serve them in the present and the nearest future.” He stated.
Abdullateef, a 2015 Batch B corps member of Kaduna also informed about other parts of his projects which include; plantain production training for community residents, a public health lecture and a debate competition among schools in the local government.