Plans have been concluded to hold skill training workshop series to empower women and youth leaders on how to identify and harness alternative renewable energy resources for individual and community utility. The workshop begins in the first quarter of 2015.
The skill acquisition and energy capacity building for women and youth and is designed to create wealth and better life for both in the urban and rural communities targeted to enhance the efforts of the Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs), women and youth development initiatives. The Programme Director; Dr. Emmanuel Onyejeose on behalf of the international consortium led by Mathesis Consulting, based in UK informed the Hon. Commissioner of Youth Development, Mr. Omolubi Newumi in Asaba during their meeting.
According to Dr. Onyejose, participants expected be nominated from all the State’s 25 Local Government Areas are expected to be the pioneering beneficiaries in the entrepreneurship scheme in which hands-on knowledge on technological options on the utilisation of solar power energy will delivered by internationally renowned team.
Other Ecoleaders in the facilitating programme include experts from the Johannesburg based African Sustainable Energy Association, (AFSEA), energy experts from the Southern African Alternative Energy Association and engineering and equipment manufacturers. He said this is the first outcome of the massive trade conference and exhibitions held in Abuja last October by the group co-sponsored by Pax SA.
The workshop theme is aimed at demystifying solar power fundamentals in scalable electricity power generation capacity building. It comes timely at a time when Nigeria is struggling to augment power generation and utility, on and off grid capacity while maximising abundant alternative renewable energy resources in tropical Africa. The framework of the programme is designed to ensure that women and youths as direct are empowered through the entrepreneurial skill development as end users of green affordable energy as against the conventional fossil thermal energy generation.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to live better and easier life as they have easier and smaller household chores. With a formal understanding of the scalable renewable power utility options and economic potentials, rural women will be fully empowered to greater economic potentials. The course offers the extra benefits by exposing participants to the ability of identifying various renewable energy options and thus debunks solar power myths and their capacity utilisation.
In the 21st Century economic power mainstay, it is important that locals and urban dwellers are well acquainted with renewable energy options and potentials. Thus, according to Dr. Onyejeose, the goals of the overall programme embrace the promotion of technology transfer possibilities, creative investment and sustainable economic activities in wealth creation with uninterrupted access to friendly ecosystem power supply.
The corporate objectives of the global consortium are based on the view that by 2016, 30 percent of peri-urban population shall have access to reliable clean electricity supply to meet their basic needs – lighting, cooking, communication and production related activities. Similarly, it is hoped that 15 percent of rural population and 25% of schools, clinics and community centres shall have steady power access.
This is why the programme aims to strengthen capacity building beginning with Delta State so as to integrate gender equity, the director emphasises.