With Asteven Group’s recent launch of their energy academy, Nigeria becomes first country in the Sub Sahara region to home an academy where green vendors, service providers, installers, technicians and dealers in renewable energy technologies can be trained into reputable professionals.
As a green energy solution provider company, and as part of her commitment to tailor holistic approach to sustainability while playing a greater role in stimulating the adoption of efficient practices in doing business in Africa, the group says the academy is built primarily and structured in line to support rapid developing markets for renewable energy and energy efficient industry.
The launching of the academy earlier in the week has thus been described as a timely intervention –particularly for the fact that the nation currently battles for self sufficiency in electricity generation and distribution. According to the green energy solution providers the curriculum of the academy will facilitate the receipt of global professional certifications in each area of study. This certification will stand holders out as well trained specialists in the renewable energy market and is thus hoped to eliminate quacks that currently operate the industry by Asteven certified graduates.
While speaking on the dire need for the creation of jobs and opportunities during the launch of the Asteven Renewable Energy Academy and Centre of Excellence, in Ogun State, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Asteven Group, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo, noted that the Academy was borne out of the necessity to develop local capacity, change the course of power access in Nigeria and increase job creation.
The academy initiative comes on the heel of an earlier installation project of over 20 megawatts of renewable energy in Nigeria. The Asteven group is, no doubt, setting the pace in the renewable market revolution as their project did not only help to light up project areas but also help in the reduction of ozone-unfriendly Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission in the country. Further speaking during the event, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo in his speech lamented on the horrible state of power in the country, bringing to the public’s notice that about 60 percent of Nigerians do not have access to modern forms of energy.
From statistics, about 94 percent of Nigeria’s population depends hugely on fossil fuel, generators, kerosene, wood fuel etc. Adding to existing narratives surrounding the crippling growth rate of development in Nigeria, lack of energy thus becomes the nation’s greatest threat and a way to intervene remains that the Government of Nigeria need to intensify effort and provide resources that will improve energy access in the country.