Awareness creation for the utilization of renewable energy sources throughout Nigeria, empowering key stakeholders to increase the contributions of renewables in the National Energy mix, and supporting efforts in the attainment of Nigeria’s energy transition plan have been the motivation for our ongoing nationwide Renewable Energy Access Roadshow.
On August 8, in Adamawa State, the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), in collaboration with the German-Nigerian Hydrogen Office, took center stage, engaging and empowering over 80 energy sector stakeholders. The event organized in Yola had in attendance stakeholders from the public and private sectors, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), students, civil society organizations, and members of the press.
The Renewable Energy Access Roadshow provided opportunities for participants to engage in discussions, network, and build capacity on how to be strategically involved in Nigeria’s energy transition and harness renewable energy potentials; project finance, business opportunities, emerging green hydrogen, and the electric mobility landscape.
Among the representatives from government agencies, the MD of the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria, represented by its Zonal Coordinator (North East Zone), Engr. Musa Mohammed, commended REAN for its tremendous work to strengthen the use of renewable energy in Nigeria. Expressed REA’s commitment to continue to promote more collaboration efforts with REAN in driving its mandate to electrify underserved and unserved communities in Nigeria.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Energy Development in Adamawa State, Engr. Mohammed Suleiman (FNSE), highlighted the need for transitions to clean energy sources and some of the efforts of the state government in embracing new technologies and alternative energy in the state. In addition, he commended REAN and the German-Nigeria Hydrogen Office for the roadshow and expressed delight with the interest shown by businesses towards promoting renewable energy and addressing energy problems in the state.
On project financing, Mr. Ponsah Miri of the Bank of Industry in Adamawa State, enlightened MSMEs on various funding structures available at the Bank of Industry, and steps to guide developers in easily approaching commercial banks for project financing. Other speakers include Mrs. Hanatu Onogu of Solar Sister, Mr. Jelani Aliyu, the DG of NADDC, and Ms. Gina Elisa-Lagunes, Head of Office at the German-Nigeria Hydrogen Office.
Thanks to all the participants, delegates, and representatives from the Adamawa State government, your participation contributed to the success recorded at the event. Also, special appreciation to the German-Nigeria Hydrogen Office for its immense support. Indeed, collaboration and partnership played critical roles in achieving Nigeria’s energy transition plan by 2060.
REAN will continue the roadshow to create nationwide awareness across the 36 states and is open to collaboration with interested stakeholders from the public and private sectors. We look forward to seeing you in the next state!