The Nigerian Government partnered with the United Nations-Habitat to train selected youths from across the nation at the 2016 hands-on training in energy efficiency and green energy technologies.
Nigerian Government and UN-Habitat Train Youths
The Nigerian Government and the United Nations-Habitat partnered to train selected youths from across the nation at the 2016 hands-on training in energy efficiency and green energy technologies.
135 individuals from various states in the six geopolitical zones were trained and authorized to also see that they train other youths on green energy and enterprise development in their region.
It should be noted the Nigerian Government plans to float a Green bond in Q1 2017.
To demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge, the trainees produced renewable energy lamps and energy- efficient cooking stoves in front of invited guests at the closing ceremony of the training in Abuja.
(h3>Reason of the Training Youth on Green Energy
Mrs. Adejoke Adefulire, former deputy governor of Lagos State and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, said the programme was developed by the Presidency and the UN-Habitat to empower youths by training them in energy efficiency and renewable technologies.
“The main objective of this programme is to involve Nigerian youths in the green economy project, contributing to climate change mitigation, because majority of our youths do not have stable economic opportunities, as they are unemployed, discouraged or vulnerably employed.” She said.
She however noted that the training was not to substitute for university degrees of the trainees but to upgrade their capacities.
“By your decision to be part of this exercise, you will move away from poverty, crime, drug abuse, militancy and terrorism to a sustainable platform, as this programme will address goal one of the SDG, which is no poverty, goal seven on renewable energy, and goal 11 on sustainable cities and communities,” she said.
Mr Yari Mohammed, Programme Manager, UN-Habitat, Nigeria, said future events to train youth on green energy would include more trainees and that the exercise will greatly help to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.
“Our collaboration with Nigeria on this project is to provide technical inputs in terms of facilitators, technical personnel and other related things that will ensure a successful training.
As you know, the SDGs is a 2030 agenda which intends to improve the lives of all citizens and leaving no one behind.” Mohammed said.