The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to create massive job opportunities for Nigerian youths through key programmes in the power sector.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman during a stakeholders’ meeting in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.
According to him, the areas of opportunities include the five million Solar Home System (SHS) project, the Mass Metering Scheme, among others.
Mamman hinted that the 5 million Solar projects will be implemented through the Economic Sustainability Plan being steered by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
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“Already plans are ongoing to kick start this and it is being designed to ensure that majority of the firms and the installers are Nigerian youths. This is also part of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s focus on lifting 100 million people out of poverty within 10 years,” he said.
The minister added that the Federal government is tailoring more programmes for the youths through the Siemens Presidential Power Initiative and in building capacity on renewable energy.
He noted that “the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) has deliberately driven capacity building in renewable energy projects to ensure that more youths become solar power installers and dealers to create a whole new trend of skills for self-empowerment”.
He disclosed that the President has directed a mass metering programme for the power sector.
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