ECN-NYSC Train Corps Members on Renewable Energy Technologies
The Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) in partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) organised a five-day training workshop titled “Renewable Energy Project (REP) at the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED), Afikpo, Ebonyi State from the 5th – 9th February 2018. Thirty-eight (38) Corps members were trained. The training had technical and hands-on practical sessions on Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) including the construction, operation and maintenance of improved wood stoves.
The training workshop was declared open by the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State Dr. David Umahi, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof Ben Odoh. The opening ceremony was attended by over 70 stakeholders including the Senior Special Adviser on Power, Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency to the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Barrister E. I. Nwobo; the Director-General/CEO ECN, Prof. Eli Jidere Bala, represented by the Director, Renewable Energy Department, Prof. I. J. Dioha. Mrs R. E. Iluebbey, the NYSC Ebonyi State Coordinator, represented the D.G. NYSC. Other dignitaries at the opening include the Chairman of Afikpo North Local Government Area; Director, National Centre for Energy Research and Development (NCERD), Engr. I. F. Okafor, and Executive Director of ICEED, Ewah Eleri among others.
In his Welcome Address, the Director-General/CEO ECN underlined the urgency for Nigeria to diversifying its sources of energy by integrating Renewable Energy Resources into the National Energy Mix. He invited the trainees to make the best of the training and aspire to become entrepreneurs at the end of their service year.
Declaring the training open, the Executive Governor commended the efforts of the organizers in bringing the training to Ebonyi state. He remarked that Ebonyi state was already implementing some renewable energy initiatives by promoting the use of clean cookstoves and fuels, installation of solar PVs, etc. He concluded by requesting for a collaboration with ECN to further train Ebonyi youths on Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs).
All the trainees were excited about the empowerment scheme and pledged to emerge as entrepreneurs, creating jobs for themselves and others. In concluding the training, the organisers promise to link the trainees to networks and credit facilities that will help them in becoming viable entrepreneurs.