NDDC TO SET UP SOLAR MAINTENANCE SHOPS ACROSS NIGER DELTA
The Niger Delta Development Commission is to set up solar maintenance shops across the Niger delta as a deliberate effort to launch the region into the world of renewable energy technology.
The project, which is the fall out of the NDDC/Tricee Solution Nig. Ltd partnership on solar power equipment maintenance training programme will be managed by graduants of the NDDC solar energy training scheme.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony, Acting Managing Director And Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, Mrs Osato Iyasere Arenyeka explained that the Commission took the initiative as a way of empowering the youths of the region to participate in the drive by the federal government to launch Nigeria into the global multibillion dollar renewable energy industry.
She stated that after a thorough review of the numerous solar power projects undertaken by the Commission, particularly with respect to solar power bore holes and solar power street lights, it became imperative to provide hands on repair and maintenance training for youths in the region.
“This is to ensure the success and sustainability of the solar powered projects, not just in the Niger Delta region but also in other parts of our country” Arenyeka said.
While advising the participants to take the programme seriously, the acting Managing Director expressed satisfaction with the quality of resource persons and facilitators for the programme, many of whom have distinguished themselves in renewable energy technology.
Mrs. Arenyeka assured that the NDDC will remain focused and determined in delivering its mandate to the Niger Delta people, despite various challenges.
“We work, we don’t share money, we are a driving force in the development of Niger delta’ she said.
According to her a total of 808 projects ranging from roads, water, to electricity have so far been completed and ready for Commissioning while 1,651 other projects are at various stages of completion.
Similarly, 2000 unemployed graduates of the region have been trained and deployed under the NDDC Technical Aid Corps Scheme, she said.
Others are the NDDC Credit and Entrepreneurial Scheme, Graduate Computer Training Programme, involving 2,500 graduates, the re-structured welding and fabrication training programme, under which 25 Niger delta youths were trained in South Africa and another 40 in Germany.
700 youths are being trained under the Commission’s local welding and fabrication training programme while 250 trainees trained at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron are being deployed to shipping companies for on board/sea time exposure.
Speaking on behalf of the partners, Nigerian born Briton, Nkwachukwu Aguocha said Tricee Solution Nig. Was committed to the success of the collaboration as its outcome will trigger chains of development in the Niger Delta region.