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FG, UN complete youths training in renewable energy scheme

As part of concerted efforts to deepen the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the Federal Government, collaborating with the United Nations-Habitat, has completed the 2016 hands-on training in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for select youths drawn from across the country.

About 135 persons from various states in the six geopolitical zones were trained and mandated to also train other youths in their region in green entrepreneurship and enterprise development.

Part of the confirmation of their training was allowing the trainees to carry out practical demonstrations in front of invited guests at the closing ceremony of the event in Abuja by producing renewable energy lamps and energy- efficient cooking stoves.

Details explained by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Adefulire, said the programme was developed by the Presidency in partnership with the UN-Habitat to empower youths through the provision of training in energy efficiency and renewable technologies.

The former Deputy Governor of Lagos stressed that “The main objective of this programme is to involve Nigerian youths in the green economy project, contributing to climate change mitigation, because majority of our youths do not have stable economic opportunities, as they are unemployed, discouraged or vulnerably employed”.

 “By your decision to be part of this exercise, you will move away from poverty, crime, drug abuse, militancy and terrorism to a sustainable platform, as this programme will address goal one of the SDG, which is no poverty, goal seven on renewable energy, and goal 11 on sustainable cities and communities.

In his remarks, the Programme Manager, UN-Habitat, Nigeria, Mr. Yari Mohammed, said subsequent training would capture a greater number of trainees, adding that the exercise would go a long way in reducing unemployment in Nigeria.

 “Our collaboration with Nigeria on this project is to provide technical inputs in terms of facilitators, technical personnel and other related things that will ensure a successful training. As you know, the SDGs is a 2030 agenda which intends to improve the lives of all citizens and leaving no one behind.

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