Women Empowerment: REA Signs Contract with Ceesolar for 140 Female Students STEM Internship Programme
Abuja Nigeria. 1st November, 2023 The Rural Electrification Agency’s Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP), funded by the World Bank, successfully signed a contract with the Ceesolar, a renewable energy firm specializing in solar system design, construction and energy systems deployment, for the implementation of the female Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Internship Program, a vital component of the Energizing Education Programme, EEP II.
Speaking during the contract signing held at REA office complex, the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) Engr. Ahmad Salihijo, noted that, renewable energy is a rapidly growing sector, resulting to an increased demand for skilled professionals. As such, requires women representation.
He appreciated the University of Abuja and all beneficiary institutions for their commitment to the success of the programme and called on the female beneficiaries to make the most use of the opportunity.
“I would also like to thank the University of Abuja and all other beneficiary institutions for their commitment to the success of the entire Programme. I encourage all the female STEM students who have been selected for this programme to make the most of this opportunity. This is a chance for you to gain some of the important skills and experience you need to build a successful career in the power sector”.
Speaking also, the Head Project Management Unit of the NEP, Mr. Abba Aliyu, added that, the project is in the process of making history by building an ecosystem that will help to build and strengthen infrastructure, system as well as create flow of capacity and talents.
The Head of the Project Management Unit (HPMU) expressed keen interest in witnessing a replication and seamless transfer of the valuable knowledge and skills that the interns will gain during their internship experience. While emphasizing the importance of capitalizing on this opportunity to maximize their growth in the renewable energy sector.
The Internship Programme will provide theoretical and hands-on practical experience to twenty (20) selected female students from each of the seven beneficiary institutions which are, University of Abuja, University of Calabar, University of Maiduguri, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria Defense Academy, Federal University, Gashua, in stages of the EEP projects, as well as provide continued skills and capacity building after the STEM Internship Programme.
The Managing Director of Ceesolar, Engr. Chibuike Ekeh, appreciating REA, stated that his agency is delighted to be part of an impactful and sustainable project. He explained that his dedicated team will in a concerted effort foster collaborative partnership with the students to create a comprehensive understanding of renewable energy, in a friendly and highly conducive learning environment. In addition, the students will be given a chance to visit the Energizing Education Hybrid solar plant under construction within their school campuses, be part of the project and understand the different components and aspects of solar installation, first hand.
One of the immediate impact of the project, will be the facilitation of 140 female STEM students’ transition into the field of renewable energy. This initiative aims to provide them with the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in the industry, positioning them as leaders who will guide the sector’s development in the near future. This aligns with the broader goals of supporting the energy transition and contributing to the collective efforts to combat climate change.
By imparting this sense of responsibility and preparedness, the students will be better positioned to contribute to the job market and effect meaningful change in the realm of renewable energy.
The EEP II Female STEM Internship Programme will serve as a means of introducing and supporting young women who are enthusiastic about renewable energy and the power sector.
About REA: The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is a Nigerian government agency tasked with the electrification of rural and underserved communities. It is committed to providing reliable and sustainable electricity access to all Nigerians, while fostering gender equality and sustainable energy solutions.
About Ceesolar: Ceesolar is a renowned consultancy firm specializing in renewable energy technologies and sustainable solutions. They do this by using their expertise to power productivity, through innovative technologies, while seeking to provide optimum value and a lasting social impact.