The workshop was organized by the Energy Commission of Nigeria in Collaboration with the Children of Framers Club and the Sates within the South–East Zone and others Stakeholders.

Objectives of the Workshop amongst others:
  • To exploit the abundant renewable energy resources for mankind utilization.
  • To sensitize and create awareness on renewable energy application and devices in rural areas for economic empowerment
  • To standardize, popularize and commercialize innovative renewable energy devices and technologies in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
  • To sensitize the federal, state and local governments and the general public on the need to develop alternative sources in balancing gender bias in power index.
  • To create awareness on the advantages of growing jatropha plants in waste lands and highlight the technologies of jatropha oil extraction and biodiesel production.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Prof. B.C.E. Egboka. The DG/CEO, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Prof Abubakar S. Sambo was ably represented by the Director of Renewable Energy Department in the Commission, Prof. E.J. Bala, gave the welcome address. The Director-General/CEO of Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Professor A.P. Onwualu delivered the keynote address on “The Role of Renewable Energy Applications and Devices in Empowering Rural Women and Farmers”. Goodwill messages were delivered by the following dignitaries: The President, National Council for Women Society, Hajia Ramatu Halilu Usman; Wife of the Executive Governor of Imo State, Barrister (Mrs.) Chinwe Ohakim, ably represented by the Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs in the state, Mrs. Anagam Ononuju, as well as the Hon. Commissioner for Science and Technology, Anambra State, Hon. Chief Aloysius Azuka Egwuatu.

Observations/Challenges:

1) That adequate energy is essential for national development and that sustainable development is the path to follow to attain the desired energy level through adequate utilization of RE resources;

2) That renewable energy projects are necessary tools for economic and infrastructural development;

3) Participants expressed disappointment over the inadequate energy supply situation in the country;

4) That RE has attracted international concern to the effect that the international Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was formed;

5) The National Energy Policy (NEP) which contains policies on renewable energy was approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2003.

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Read the Action plan here