In a bid to get Nigerian victims of xenophobic attacks from South Africa integrated back into the Nigerian society, the Council for Renewable Energy Nigeria (CREN) says it is willing to offer free training to returnee Nigerians to learn all about renewable energy technologies.
This training will allow them attain entry-level careers in the solar PV industry at the Asteven Renewable Energy Academy.
Dr Sunny Akpoyibo, President of CREN, made this known in Abuja.
“Nigeria is richly endowed and we shall not allow our people to be cast adrift after losing all they have worked hard for over the years,” he said.
“In support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s next level vision to change the Nigerian story, a part of which is ensuring that all Nigerians have marketable skills.”
He said CREN was offering this opportunity to all interested returnees to come learn technical skills and participate in a business that is commercially viable, environmentally sound and has social importance.
“We at CREN guarantee that they shall be trained totally free of charge and also fully equipped to be active participants in this sector,” he added.
Akpoyibo asked like-minded advocates to support this programme; to ensure that the providing returnees are given the opportunity to immediately get back on their feet as fully trained technicians in the fast growing global renewable energy industry.
He added that this project would strenghthen Nigeria’s Green Growth Agenda.
The Council is expected to liaise with the House Committee on Diaspora and the Nigerian Diaspora Commission to ensure that the returnee Nigerians are contacted and provided this opportunity.
The Nigerian Government has stated that from Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the first batch of 600 returnees will be airlifted back to Nigeria.