NDE empowers 20 graduates on solar energy scheme in Ondo
THE National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on Wednesday, in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, graduated 20 unemployed graduates in the Solar Energy Training Scheme (SETS) to improve on the erratic power supply and provide opportunities for
This scheme was initiated to empower the unemployed youths in the country and to provide an alternative for the erratic power supply of the nation that would cater for the power needs of the people at large.
The Director-General of the Directorate, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, stated that SETS was one of the renewable energy training schemes designed to generate employment for unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions across Nigeria, which would in diverse ways improve the economy of the nation.
The Ondo State Coordinator of NDE, Joseph Olayinka said the schemes were also to explore new areas of job creation for youths to develop critical sectors of the economy and meet multiple national needs.
According to him, “Energy is one of the essential infrastructural components needed for urban and rural economic development and there is the enormous demand for it in Nigeria and the sector potential for
employment. So, NDE sought for other means of energy production and adopted Renewable Energy Training Scheme as one of its strategies for employment generation.”
He explained further that SETS equips unemployed graduates with skills for energy harvest, installation, and maintenance of solar power facilities for sustainable self-reliance and to improve electricity power generation for economic development in Nigeria.
“Today, a total number of 700 unemployed graduates across the federation are trained in the design, procurement, installation and maintenance of solar energy equipment for its harvesting for electricity generation.
“This is our modest contribution of relevant skilled manpower to development and improvement of our energy sector, so I urge the graduates to become vibrant employers of labour that will positively affect this generation,” he said.