Over one million Nigerians are to be trained in renewable energy projects.
Dr Sunny Akpoyibo, President of the Council for Renewable Energy Nigeria (CREN), ade the announcement at the inauguration of new elected members of the executive management committee in Abuja.
Akpoyibo said this would be the largest training and empowerment programme in Africa.
“We have announced the training of over 1 million women and youths drawn from all the regions of Nigeria; this is in partnership with several bodies; institutions, organizations, and renewable energy associations in Nigeria,” he said.
“This would be our status project and would change the whole outlook of Renewable Energy in Nigeria.”
In a bid to increase massive investment in Nigeria’s green industry, Akpoyibo said members of CREN will benefit for credit facilities.
“We are also announcing value addition for CREN members as we have secured a single digit financing facility for large scale renewable energy projects. And also, another level of financing for Product Purchase.
“This is even as we seek collaborations and partnerships to deepen local capacity in the industry here in Nigeria.”
The CREN president also gave an update on the training of Nigerian returnees from South Africa – victims of xenophobia.
“We are on course to fulfill that promise within the next few weeks as we have established contact with the Nigerian Diaspora Commission and the Representative Committees on Diaspora,” he revealed.
CREN will also embark on the training of the first phase of 50 Niger Delta Youths at Asteven Renewable Energy Academy.
The first 25 trainees will start next week while the remaining 25 will undertake their training from the 2nd week of January 2020.