As the world is moving towards renewable energy as the source of electricity, youths in Nigeria have been urged to explore skills in different aspects of renewable to get employed.
The call was made National Open Dialogue on Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan organised SustyVibes with support of the Nigerian-German Hydrogen Office. yesterday in Abuja.
Speaking at the event an Energy Transition Plan, Analyst, Somkele Ama-Kalu, said there is nothing that stops youth from channelling their expertise into renewable manufacturing.
Kalu while stating that the plan does not clearly say what jobs opportunities are available, “but it prepares us for the eventuality because of the decline in oil and gas demand.”
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“We have to think about what we do to repurpose those jobs that are lost. We are a youth led population, I think it is easy for us to grasp the basics when it comes to move from one job to another.”
He said as the world tilt to the uptake of renewable energy, there will be employment opportunities that comes as a result of that.
The Head of German/Nigeria Hydrogen Office, Gina Lagunes, said the sector would require engineers to scale up renewable to produce the green Hydrogen that the world will needs.
“So, we will need a lot of people working on renewable like solar, wind turbines, geo thermal, small hydro power policy and market analyst. It will be a whole industry and we need a lot of labour for that.”
On his part, German’s Deputy Ambassador, Johannes Lehne, stated that young people with innovative ideas willing to start careers within the sector can go through its curriculum for training courses on various renewable energy.
“Whether you are an engineer, legal expert, finance expert, policy expert, project manager, communication expert, or still figuring out which path to take there is a place for you within the sector,” he said.