Tuesday, September 12, 2017

NDE trains 432 graduates on solar energy

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has taken another step in its mandate to reduce unemployment and encourage youths in self-employed skill acquisitions.

Its Director General, Dr. Nasir Ladan Mohammed Argungu, said this at the opening of the Solar Energy Training Scheme (SETS) organised by the Special Public Works (SPW) of the directorate in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

It is presently training 432 trainees from 12 pilot states comprising two states from each geopolitical zone of which Ogun State is one with 36 participants.

The training will last for two months.

Argungu, who was represented by the state Coordinator of NDE, Mr. Femi Oyenekan, said the SETS was one of the renewable energy training schemes designed by the directorate to generate employment for the unemployed graduates to explore new areas of job creation to develop critical sector of the economy and the national needs.

“Energy as one of the integral infrastructural components needed for urban and rural economic development.  Realising the enormous demand for energy in Nigeria and the sector potentials for employment, the organisation (NDE) sought for other means of power production and therefore, adopted renewable energy training scheme as one of its strategies for employment generation,” he said.

 “The overwhelming success of the first batch undoubtedly shows Nigerians are not only industrious but highly productive if necessary encouragement is put in place.

“Nigeria today is witnessing slow progress in power generation which is not adequate for our industrial sector operation capacity.  This situation coupled with the explosive population of over 160 million people that needs constant supply of energy to be productive in the society.   Sadly, this circumstance happens in the face of abundant sunshine and human resources in the country.   Solar Energy, therefore, becomes the obvious alternative to the present epileptic power problem in the country,” he said.

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