In the bid to empower Nigerian youths and deepen access to renewable energy across the country, Asteven Group and Bluecamel Ltd, has rolled out a nationwide training programme for youths across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in collaboration with the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) on renewable energy provision as a strategy for boosting power supply, driving productivity and providing for income generation for the Nigerian youth.
Speaking during the signing of the memorandum of understanding for the trio, the President of Asteven Group, Dr Sunny Akpoyibo expressed satisfaction with the collaboration, adding that with the rise in the cost of nonrenewable sources of energy particularly fossil fuels and youth unemployment, the partnership will be a win-win for all the stakeholders and the country at large.
“We are optimistic that with this partnership and training, youth unemployment will soon be a thing of the past and the rising cost of PMS and AGO will soon be arrested and reversed while keeping our environment clean and safe from the incidence and impact of climate change,” he said.
Dr Akpoyibo commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over its commitment to implementing the Renewable Energy Roadmap with major projects already in operation and contributing significantly in decongesting the national grid. He applauded the N120billion Solar Naija Funds created by the government to boost renewable energy among other strategic renewable energy investment incentives.
“We must commend the federal government for the giant strides in renewable energy generation culminating into the pilot projects in Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Bayero University and many others that are up and running. We call on politicians at all levels to deepen training in renewable energy, empower those trained and make it accessible to improve the financial status of youth and improve the standard of living of Nigerians rather than offering youths bribes for votes”, the CEO admonished.
In his remarks, Comrade Solomon Adodo, National President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) thanked the CEO of Asteven’s Group for the opportunity given to Nigerian youths and pledged the Council’s resolve to support and encourage Nigerian youths to participate actively in the training to make them self-employed and self-reliant. He called on senators and members of the House of Representatives, governors, philanthropists, and international development partners to join in sponsoring the youth for the training.