Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo says his administration is collaborating with Green Fusion Energy Ltd. to provide solar energy installations to power schools in rural areas.
The governor made the disclosure in a keynote address at the Power for Edo Hackathon 2018 programme, organised by the Edo Government in collaboration with Siemens.
He said that his administration was encouraging private investment in the power sector to alleviate power challenge.
‘’During the 2018 Alaghodaro Youth Summit, we met with Green Fusion Energy Ltd., a team made up of Edo jobbers who invented a solar box with a 1.5KVA capacity.
“I have contracted with them to provide 100 of such devices to power schools in rural areas of the state, in collaboration with the state Universal Basic Education Board.
He said that the essence of the Edo innovate hub was to help young people to tap into their creative potential so that they could create solutions to societal problems.
The governor commended Siemens for its partnership in the Power for Edo programme, urging youths to utilise the opportunity to strive for excellence and expose their creativity.
‘’I have confidence in the Edo youths, and I know they will come up with brilliant ideas.
“I look forward to partnering with a crop of youths in the programme,” the governor said.
Mr Ibe Etea, Regional Compliance Officer and Head of Data Privacy, Siemens, said that the sponsorship of the programme was to ensure that young people and entrepreneurs in the state brought in their creativity to solve problems of power in Edo.
“We want to see innovations to ensure there is more efficient delivery, transmission and generation of power in Edo.
A former Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr Aigboje Imoukhuede, who was at the event, commended Edo Government for investing in human capital.
According to him, developed countries invested in human capital development.
‘’Edo is a state where it is happening; seeing this today shows that we are taking the right step at the right time,” Imoukhuede said.
Mrs Ukinebor Dare, Senior Special Assistant to Edo Governor on Job Creation and Skills Development said that the ‘Power for Edo Hackathon’ programme was being implemented by the office of the Edo Jobs and Impact Hubs to identify youths that could create solutions for the power sector.
‘’The youths will go through trainings and workshops after which they will pitch their business solutions for the power sector.
‘’The winners of the pitch competition will be given N3.5 million to implement their business ideas, and they will be incubated by impact hub,’’ Dare said.
The Chief Executive Officer, Impact Hub Lagos, Solape Hammond, said that the programme was the first in the series of the Hackathon programme to enable innovations in the provision of solutions to power problems.
She said that more than 150 people applied for the programme, noting that 16 teams made up of 40 people were selected to participate.
“We are here to pick practical, viable and business ideas so we can nurture; we are looking at innovations in bio fuels, waste to energy, solar and wind renewal,” she said. (NAN)