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Stakeholders in the Nigerian Renewable Energy Industry have emphasized the need to develop and reinforce local indigenous manpower capacity in the renewable energy and energy efficient industry.
This was at a virtual presentation of the Readiness Stakeholders meeting for National Innovation Diploma (NID) in Solar Energy Technology; a vocational skills degree program hosted by Asteven Energy Institute, the only training center accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in Nigeria.
According to a representative of NBTE at the virtual session, Mr Donald Odiyoma, NBTE is the only organization entitled by law to assess and accredit enterprise innovation centers, a platform under which the Asteven Energy Institute falls under and is accredited as a vocational training center.
The National Innovation Diploma for Solar Technology is a practical based four semester, two year diploma program conceptualized as a school to work program, whereby training is undertaken with a bent towards proffering easily transferable, replicable and implementable skills in the solar energy industry in Nigeria.
“The need for this certification has become very necessary”, says Dr Akpoyibo, President of Asteven Energy Group, promoters of Asteven Energy Institute.
“With the increase and importance of solar technologies in Nigeria as part of the energy transition plan, there is a dearth of trained and skilled manpower; which if not promptly addressed might see the industry overrun by quacks and foreign technicians. Other industries have certification programs which determine their skill levels and also regulates those who can practice such skills. Only in the solar industry, has it turned into an all-comers affair, with the resultant effect of failed installations, wrong assessments and public apathy”
According to Dr Akpoyibo, who is also the Chairman Governing Council of the Institute, the drive was borne out of a vision to ensure that Nigeria and indeed, Africa does not become just a project based location but is able to provide local expert technical manpower resource for the industry and for the quantum of solar projects being undertaken.
“With this certification, no company, either local or foreign, would have the excuse that there are no trained or skilled technicians in the solar energy space in Nigeria and it would also provide an opportunity to continue upskilling and reskilling capacity in the industry”, says Prof. Magnus Onuoha, Rector of the Institute, a renowned green economist, carbon markets and renewable energy specialist.
This is especially as each NID Program class is restricted to 30 students to ensure full scale training and impartation of skills; with a Jamb/Utme score of 100 required for admission.
The session ended with a commitment by the Governing Council of the school to sponsor 10 students for the NID program while individual sponsorships were committed to by other professionals present including, Dr Segun Adaju, immediate past president of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria; Dr Paul Abolo, CEO of Ecologistics and Motunrayo Salami, a Strategic development expert.
In attendance at the session were representatives from National Board for Technical Education, Diamond Initiatives, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Rural Electrification Agency, Council for Renewable Energy Nigeria, Sosai Energies, Blue Camel Solar, Nigeria Shippers Association, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Associations Alliance, Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria (SEPAN) and Women in Renewable Energy Association (WIREA)