AWANGO RESELLERS SME PROJECT (ARSMEP) PROVIDES CAPACITY BUILDING AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT FOR APAPA, IBAFON AND KIRIKIRI RESIDENTS IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

A capacity building training was organized for beneficiaries of Total Nigeria Plc’s Awango Resellers SME Program (ARSmeP) in the Apapa, Ibafon and Kirikiri areas of Lagos state on April 20, 2016.  This entrepreneurship training was organized at the company’s Blending Plant in Kirikiri Town, Lagos by the Murtala Mohammed Foundation (MMF) in conjunction with Total Nigeria Plc. Awango Resellers SME Program has also been implemented in Delta and Kaduna states.

ARSmeP is an economic empowerment program borne out of Total Nigeria’s corporate social investment initiatives tailored towards identified needs of its host communities.  The program is expected to create employment and business opportunities for the participants within their immediate environment which should in turn impact the lives of the citizenry as well as provide clean energy.

While giving the opening address, Mr. Albert Mabuyaku the Corporate Affairs Manager of Total Nigeria Plc, emphasized the need for beneficiaries to take the program very seriously as the company has invested in them with a view of positively impacting their communities.  He urged them to be worthy ambassadors of their communities to pave the way for the sustainability of the initiative for future beneficiaries.

Awango Resellers SME Program Beneficiaries, delegates from their communities with representatives from Total Nigeria Plc and Murtala Mohammed Foundation

Awango Resellers SME Program Beneficiaries, delegates from their communities with representatives from Total Nigeria Plc and Murtala Mohammed Foundation

Practical demonstration of Awango by Total solar lamps during Total Nigeria Plc’s Awango Resellers SME Program in Kirikiri, Lagos

Practical demonstration of Awango by Total solar lamps during Total Nigeria Plc’s Awango Resellers SME Program in Kirikiri, Lagos

The entrepreneurial aspect of the training was managed by the National Program Coordinator of MMF.

Mr. Niyi Onabanjo, while the technical aspect focused on building product knowledge and expertise was managed by the Solar Services Manager of Total Nigeria Plc, Mrs. Tobechukwu Eleogu. Also the administrative processes of the program which includes stock replenishment, sales records and book keeping was explained to the beneficiaries by the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager of Total Nigeria Plc, Mrs. Chinwe Ifechigha.

After the training, certificates of participation were presented to the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries also received their starter packs which include Awango by Total solar lamps, tables, chairs and shades for the display of their products.  They were also provided the product manual and other promotional materials to aid their businesses.  The solar lamps were given to the beneficiaries on credit; they are given ample time to gradually pay back the startup capital invested while making their profit.  During the launch and growth stages of the businesses, Total provides supervisory support to the resellers to ensure their businesses are sustained.  Subsequently, another set of beneficiaries also get empowered under this program through this revolving fund.

Total continues to energize the lives of communities where it operates and even beyond through its various corporate social investment initiatives. Total remains committed to better energy!!!