The Office of The Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in partnership with UN-Habitat (United Nations Settlement Programmes) has developed a program to empower the youth through the provision of training courses on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The main objective of the program is to involve the youth in the green economy contributing to climate change mitigation.
The training which was held in Abuja from 11th – 22nd December 2016 addresses the need to engage young people and enables them to become active proponents of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies within their communities. 125 young people Nationwide attended the training which empowered the participants by delivering hands-on training to enable them to design and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The ability to initiate renewable energy projects will ensure that the participants are able to develop profitable green businesses.
At the end of the course, participants were able to;
- Build solar lanterns
- Set up briquette production to substitute charcoal and firewood
- Build improved cook stoves
- Assemble and install solar matters
- Built and Assemble Household Solar Panels
Her Excellency, Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire stated;
Youth are Africa’s greatest asset. Africa’s population is 1.2 Billion and is projected to more than double by 2050, when it will comprise one fourth of the world’s population. Africa will remain the world’s youngest region, with the median age of the population under 25 years old. If properly harnessed, this growing age population could drive Africa’s economic transformation. However, majority of youth do not have stable economic opportunities, the majority are unemployed, discouraged or vulnerably employed. This group which is the most vibrant and dynamic segment of the country’s population constitutes potentially the most valuable human resource. To optimally tap their constructive and creative energies, OSSAP-SDGs and UN Habitat has designed this train-the-trainer program which empowered the participants by delivering hands-on training to enable them to design and implement energy efficiency and renewable projects in the various communities.
For a healthier, safer and more just future, we count on the active engagement of the youth of this country to transform Some of the key environmental and social challenges associated with urban development in Nigeria
Our youth need to take full advantage of this opportunity by making themselves available to be trained. This training does not replace your university or college degree. It enhances it. More importantly for those who are interested in Green Entrepreneurship, this training takes you one step in the right direction. Business owners – small medium scale or large corporates can no longer ignore the vast potentials of energy efficiency and renewable energy as an imperative for growth. The green entrepreneurship skills you recieved in this programme puts you in better stead to run and grow your green businesses more efficiently. To my mind, this is not just a training. This is empowerment with the tools of life. My advice to the youths who have completed this programme to kindly make the very best use of the opportunity.
Youth are strong effective advocates of the Sustainable Development Goals, youth are already influencing how the world produces, distributes and consumes while driving green entrepreneurship by designing sustainable products and services.
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