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PAWA 774 renewable energy training starts in Ondo

Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo State Governor

PAWA 774, a private sector-led initiative to deploy 10 megawatts of clean, renewable energy power plants to each of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, has started its first training workshop for 100 potential recruits in Ondo state.

The PAWA 774 training programme covers all aspects of the design, building, siting, operation and maintenance of renewable energy power plants. The workshop is mandatory for all PAWA 774 employees. Following the intensive four-week programme, all trainees would receive certification from the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, which qualifies them to work globally in the renewable energy sector, according to a statement by the organisers, PNN.

It will be recalled that PNN, a pan-African technology service provider in the development of the communications and power sectors entered a four-year partnership with the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria to provide renewable energy capacity building within Nigeria. The firm is also to work with the institute to standardise training quality in Nigeria as part of the Federal Government’s power reform programme.

The director-general and Chief Executive Officer, NAPTIN, Mr. Reuben Okeke, was quoted as saying that, “NAPTIN’s choice of PNN was mainly based on PNN’s clear understanding of the requirements for improving standards of training for all personnel in the renewable energy sector, as well as standardising knowledge across the board, at all levels of participation.

“PNN, being an accredited partner of the Federal Government’s renewable energy programme, has been chosen to work with us to fast track the important renewable energy training component of our mandate.”

He added, “The need to ensure we provide renewable training capacity will prevent the nation from further plunging her resources into failed renewable energy programmes that are being implemented across the country by various federal and state government MDAs. According to the Chief Executive Officer, PNN Nigeria Limited, Chief AbdulRahman Abiola-Odunowo, PAWA 774 is aimed to produce about 8,000 MW of clean, eco-friendly electricity throughout Nigeria within five years.

He added that the plants will be built in clusters of smaller power units connected to a local, smart micro-grid mesh providing adequate power to the nation, one community at a time.
“PAWA 774 is a unique power generation and distribution model and the first of its kind in Nigeria.

Rather than generate a glut of electrical power, which may or may not reach the communities that need it most, the PAWA 774 initiative aims to serve the right amount of electrical power to each community which can then be deployed as needed, taking individual needs into account,” he said.

Odunowo stated further that the initiative would  generate eco-friendly power, from abundant, renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind, hydro, and municipal/household waste, using whatever sources are most sensible for the specific community.

From: Punch