Covenant University, German Agency to Provide Skills on Renewable Energy
Covenant University and German Agency for International Cooperation will soon commence hands-on training and skill acquisition in Renewable Energy for school leavers, artisans, technicians and engineers in order to provide alternative energy to Nigerians.
The proposition was reached at a meeting between an official of the Agency, Mr. Felix Nitz and the University’s management team, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the University campus.
Professor Ayo decried lack of skills required among Nigerians to produce, install and maintain alternative energy, noting that what is not working in Nigeria is working in other places. “When the concept of renewable energy started, many Nigerians rushed into it but it did not work due to inadequate knowledge and lack of maintenance culture. Ironically, what did not work in Nigeria, is working somewhere else.”
The Agency representative had said that so many research and academic knowledge had gone into renewable energy but there was lack of capacity to develop and install the components due to insufficient practical training. “We have therefore developed short courses to empower people in the practical training and earn a livelihood from their profession.”
The Vice-Chancellor therefore expressed the interest of the University to partner with the Agency to provide adequate training in the area of alternative power supply to Nigerians. “We believe in this scheme and will work together to improve the lot of Nigerians, particularly in the area of alternative power supply,” he said.
While presenting an overview of an earlier discussion with the Agency, the Head of Department, Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE), Dr. Francis Idachaba noted that the proposed partnership would provide training for school leavers, artisans, technicians and engineers. “What we want to do is to set-up skill acquisition programme under the Life-Long Learning Programme for people to do more of hands-on training,” he explained.