|Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), on Wednesday, renewed their partnership towards promoting the diversification of the energy resources and technologies in Nigeria.
This partnership includes the introduction and exploitation of new and renewable energy resources for the economic and socio-political development of the country.
The NYSC/ECN partnership programme was introduced in 1999 as a training scheme on renewable energy technologies for serving youth corps members.
Therefore, it became imperative to re-access the programme with a view of setting out new objectives in a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in line with the dynamics of the time.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure speaking at the signing explained that the partnership would afford the serving corps members opportunities to acquire new skills on renewable energy to promote their self-reliance and create jobs for economic development.
His words, “The essence of the collaboration is for corps members to acquire the skills needed so that we can tackle the problem of unemployment in the country.”
The Director General of ECN, Prof. Eli Jidere Bala in his remarks said that the programme had so far successfully trained over 800 corps members on renewable energy technologies.
He said, “The objective of the renewed partnership is threefold with respect to renewable energy; Enhanced awareness creation; business and market development and social change.
He added, “The annual training of youth corps members will now aim at producing business oriented and self-reliant youth in Renewable Energy (RE); creating the market for RE technologies and using renewable energy to bridge the gap between modern energy demand and supply in rural areas for positive social change.”
Bala however, solicited “the collaboration of all relevant agencies that grant loans/grants,” adding that they would “follow up with trained corps members and closely monitor and evaluate the implementation of the project.