At least one hundred and two youths across the 34 LGAs of Katsina State mostly women are undergoing three days of training on sustainable energy and other power-related generating technologies.
This is to proffer solutions to unemployment, insecurity, and youth restiveness which will assist in addressing poverty, health issues, and climate change on a long-term basis.
The training organised by the Katsina State Government under the Department of Power and Energy in collaboration with the Energy Commission of Nigeria, focuses mainly on solar photovoltaic, improved wood stove, biogas, solar dryers, and energy efficiency.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training held at the Katsina State Institute of Technology and Management, the State Coordinator of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Katsina Field Office, Jibril Inuwa said, the training exercise is deliberated to ensure sustainable energy supply as one of the key outcomes of the “Earth Summit” popularly known as “the Rio Convention” and the upcoming International Conference on Energy and Sustainable Environment to suppress global warming as a compelling matter.
“Today, we are faced with a moment of truth. Close to 760 million people globally lack access to electricity while some 2.6 million people lack access to clean cooking solutions. How we produce and use energy is the main cause of the climate crisis. Emissions from energy account for about 75% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
“Organizing this particular training he explained, demonstrates the commitment of the Katsina State Government to protect and enhance the environment, hence the decision to make the environment a top priority in the latest budget allocation.
“This capacity building is an integral part of industrialization which is targeted at ending our reliance on energy from fossil fuels, overutilization of forest resources as a source of fuel, the use of biofuel as an alternative to fossil fuel, empowering young entrepreneurs to start income-generating enterprises in the renewable the energy sector, become active proponents of energy efficiency and renewable energy approach with a clear understanding of the issues and applications around climate change, act as positive agents in their communities, bring about behavioral change among their peers and across their communities in this era of population bloom.
“Access to clean renewable and efficient energy is quite simple, the difference between life and death as 9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air, leading to some eight million premature deaths each year,” he noted.
In his keynote address, the Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria, Professor Eli Jidere Bala, represented by Director Training, Aliyu Abdulkarim observed that the training will no doubt provide a comfortable platform for development and create a springboard upon which the trainees can leap forward and contribute meaningfully in solving Nigeria’s energy problems.
He announced that part of the objectives of the Energy Commission of Nigeria is to accelerate capacity building for the Energy sector in the country.
He assured the readiness of the agency to continue to develop human capacity which he said will assist in fixing the problem of the National Energy sector.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari on Power and Energy, Engineer Mansur Musa, maintained that it is no longer news that, the earth is getting warmer by the day and that the ecosystem is being disturbed every day due to Human Activity.
“In order to save the planet and ourselves, experts have come up with a number of ways and practices, mostly leveraging on renewable energy technology, which when adopted across the world would lower global warming by about (1.5°C).
“Other nations, Nigeria and the world over have signed protocols and acts on climate change to help mitigate weather-related disasters like flooding, drought, etc.
“At the end of the training, participants would be able to process and use clean energy in their communities and, when everyone does his or her beat towards reducing global warming, we would have a better world for all,” he noted.
In the meantime, the Special Guest of Honor and Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, represented by the Head of Civil Service in the State, Idris Usman Tune, challenged the participants to pick all messages delivered during the training for their betterment and to build their future.
“You have a message to take to your communities upon completion of this training. The future is your own, we need to enlighten the local people to know the problems associated with the continuous falling of trees which is not an option.
“We must to seat up and create a conducive and habitable environment for ourselves and the upcoming generation,” Tune advised.
In his goodwill message, the Special Adviser to Governor Masari on Labour and Productivity, Tanimu Saulawa, was glad that most of the participants are women as an issue of this magnitude requires the participation of women.
He appealed to the participants to concentrate and participate actively and cascade the message down to their various communities.