Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo, President of Asteven Group, Council on Renewable Energy in Nigeria (CREN), and founder of Asteven Renewable Energy Institute, believes that under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, there is a significant potential to generate millions of job opportunities in Nigeria’s solar energy sector.
In an interview with journalists in Abuja, Dr. Akpoyibo emphasized that this job creation could be accomplished through effective collaboration and active involvement of private sector entities in the industry. Furthermore, Dr. Akpoyibo appealed to President Tinubu to prioritize the implementation of a state of emergency in practical solar energy training for a minimum of 500 young individuals from every local government in Nigeria over the course of the next four years. This initiative, he believes, could result in the gainful employment of over 20 million Nigerians.
As the President of CREN and Asteven Group, Dr. Akpoyibo urged the Federal Government to forge partnerships with various stakeholders including states, the National Assembly, NGOs, non-profit foundations, oil companies, and private enterprises to sponsor these young individuals. By doing so, the country would save billions of Naira that would otherwise be spent on importing energy resources.