- Four secondary school students in Ajegunle have made Nigeria proud
- The students invented a device that would improve the lives of Nigerians
- It was gathered that the students had created a mobile traffic light that is powered by solar energy
Blessing Omosebi, Sarah Onabanjo, Uchechukwu Fedricks and Emmanuel Anyanwu have invented a product that would improve the lives of Nigerians especially those who commute in traffic congested areas.
The four talented secondary school students invented a mobile solar traffic light. The students, who attend Caro Favoured School in Ajegunle area of Lagos state, invented the traffic light for a competition.
According to reports, Omosebi Onabanjo, Fedricks and Anyanwu, who are all in their final year of secondary school, created the mobile traffic light as contestants in the Junior Achievers of Nigeria (JAN) competition.
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The team of three girls and one boy expressed that they were inspired to invent the device due to their experience with traffic. They noted that they have experienced incessant congestion going and coming from school.
In an interview with Vanguard, the students noted that the idea was thought of even before they knew about JAN. They also revealed that the competition had given them the opportunity to actualize the dream.
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The competition, which is spearheaded by a non-governmental organisation that focuses on empowering students with ideas, is responsible for financing the ideas students come up with.
They said:"Having enrolled with JAN, the organisation was able to disclosed how we could generate and effectively manage wealth and create jobs for our communities. To our amazement, we were taught how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace and the necessary skills in securing our financial future."
During the interview, Anyanwu stated that she believes one of Africa's major problems is transportation.
She said: "The problem of Africa is sum up by one word, transportation. Many people all over the world are looking for how the problem of transportation could be removed. That was why we created the mobile traffic light to ease off traffic and allow our society to be more proactive.
"How would you feel if you spend five hours on one hour journey all in the name of traffic congestion. How would you feel also if you hear that your child was involved in an accident all because of reckless driving? These problems could be solved with functional traffic light."
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"Anyanwu also talked about the device. She said: "Our product is powered by solar energy, such that it does not need electricity supply to function. Once there is sunlight, our product stores its energy which could serve the users for days depending on the usage. After the creation of the device, we had contested with our fellow JAN in Africa Continent and came first. We are also looking forward to when we shall contest with other JAN globally."
The executive director of the Junior Achievers of Nigeria, Simi Nwogugu, told Vanguard that the programme focuses on giving the youth values, skills and confidence to secure a financial future.
Nwogugu said: "’Every year, over one million would-be university students enter the workforce without tertiary education or appropriate training. The inability of many young men and women to obtain the requisite STEM skills that are in high demand has rendered them unattractive to the 21st century employer. This is why some of our programme will focus on digital to unlock its potential for the benefit of the country. ‘’We are more committed than ever to our mission of ensuring our youth have the values, skills and confidence to secure their financial future."
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