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FG to utilize solar energy to create employment opportunities

According to the Nigeria Directorate of Employment (NDE), there is a concerted effort by the Directorate to use solar energy to boost employment generation in Nigeria, The Nation reports.

Speaking recently at a solar energy system training, NDE Director-General Mallam Abubakar Mohammed said the NDE had been involved in environmental scanning to address unemployment over the years. He said one of the steps taken was the training of youths in renewable energy, specifically solar energy system, due to the energy crisis confronting Nigeria as a nation.

He said although Nigeria needs adequate supply of energy to drive its economy and power its domestic, economic, technological and social sectors, it has however been difficult to meet the energy needs of the citizenry by successive governments.

“The above informed the decision of the management to approve the training in renewable energy such as solar, not only because of the inherent advantages it has over other sources of energy, but because of the employment potential. “We are encouraged that this source of energy is capable of generating employment in geometrical proportions, in the design, harvesting, installation and maintenance,” he said.

The NDE boss also stated that the directorate had produced 950 technicians in 19 states of the federation, adding 50 were resettled in Ilorin, Kwara State out of the 100 unemployed youths who were trained while another 50 were resettled in Akure, Ondo State, out of the 61 persons trained.

Source : energymixreport.com
Posted On: 9/21/2015 12:00:00 AM

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