CREN set to train over 1 million women, youths on renewable energy projects


From: Mazino Dickson, Abuja

Dr Sunny Akpoyibo, President of the Council for Renewable Energy Nigeria (CREN), has disclosed plans to train over a million women including youths on renewable energy projects.

Speaking at the inauguration of newly elected members of the executive management committee held in Abuja, Akpoyibo said the capacity building would be executed in partnership with relevant partners to create jobs and improve lots of the people.

Describing the initiative as would be the largest training and empowerment programme in Africa, he emphasised on proposed single-digit credit facility to support CREN members.

His words: “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.

“This would be our status project and would change the whole outlook of Renewable Energy in Nigeria.”

Green Financing

“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,” Akpoyibo stated according to the Voice of Nigeria (VON).

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.

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