Determined to provide alternative source of energy for the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Development Commission has inaugurated 15 solar equipment shops across the region.
The project emanating from a partnership between the Commission and Tricee Solution Nigeria Limited is being managed by graduates of the NDDC solar energy training scheme.
Inaugurating one of the shops in Port Harcourt, the Managing Director, Dr Christian Oboh explained that the initiative was not only geared towards developing the capacity of the youths, but enable them participate in federal government’s drive to launch Nigeria into the global multibillion dollar renewable energy industry.
“These youths have been trained, we will not allow them to go home just like that, we are starting a new level of empowerment,” he said
Dr Oboh assured that the Commission would continue to support efforts that would remove the youths from the street “any effort that will make our youths contribute to driving our economy we will support, we will not just stop at inaugurating this project, next year we will be here to see how you are fairing, so that other people will learn from you”.
He disclosed that the Commission would also explore ways of partnering with the banks to set up more of the shops across the region.
The NDDC Boss used the opportunity to appeal to beneficiaries of the Commission’s foreign scholarship scheme to be patient as plan were in top gear for the settlement of the fees.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our brothers and sisters who are overseas schooling, we hear you are distressed, your fees have not been paid, your fees will be paid in a matter of days “Oboh assured.
In his speech the Director, Commercial and Industrial Development, Mr. Aniete usen gave further reasons for setting up the shops” with huge sums of money invested by the NDDC in solar water projects and electrification there was the need to be proactive and think about how these solar energy equipment will be maintained”.