A total of €24.5m (N5.33bn) has been earmarked by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development to fund Nigeria’s renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification programmes.
The amount, which has its beneficiary as the Federal Ministry of Power, will be used to promote the Nigerian Energy Support Programme for five years.
The availability of the funds was disclosed by the Head of Unit, Capacity Development, NESP, Mr. Felix Nitz, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the NESP and the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Programme with 11 Nigerian training institutions on Thursday in Abuja.
He explained that the MoU was part of efforts by the EU, the German Government and the United States Government to support skills development for Nigeria’s growing clean energy sector.
Nitz noted that the objective of the MoU was to create a skilled workforce in Nigeria’s clean energy sector by empowering local institutions to offer seven training courses in renewable energy and energy efficiency for engineers, architects and technicians.
He said the courses included off-grid renewable energy design for engineers, energy efficient building design for architects and solar photovoltaic installation for technicians.
“Gone are the days when training is done for training sake. For the clean energy sector to become an engine of growth for the Nigerian economy, professionals have to be equipped with relevant skills that render them employable in the industry,” Nitz said.