By Onyeukwu Rowland Iheloghara

As the 2-day Training of Trainers (ToT) program organized for BEMORE Empowered Initiative Ambassadors comes to an end, an expert in Renewable Energy has lauded the Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu Foundation (BAAF) on its efforts towards achieving some Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy Access Unit, Nigerian Energy Support Program, Olumide Fatoki, gave the commendation in Abuja in a chat with newsmen at the end of the TOT program for BEMORE Empowered Initiative Ambassadors organised by German International Cooperation (GIZ), under the aegis of Nigerian Energy Support Program (NESP), with support from BAAF.

Fatoki, who was one of the resource persons at the just concluded training program, appreciated the Initiative and its founder, Her Excellency Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, wife of Ondo State Governor, for bridging the gap in the attainment of Goals 5 and 7 of the SDGs in Nigeria.

In his own words, “First and foremost, I will say a very big thank you to the initiative and the people who started it. Because, most times, when you look around, you do not see such kind of initiative that can really help young people to find their path in life, especially young women.

“You will see that, in line with the sustainable development Goal 5 which targets gender equality, and Goal 7 which targets access to clean energy, and in the light of what these girls are here to learn, BEMORE is a very good initiative. It empowers girls to know how they can contribute their own quota in improving access to electricity, and also gives them the ability to train other people, thus increasing manpower and solving the problems confronting us. Kudos to the organizers,” Fatoki said.

Highlights of the program were seminars on topical subjects like engineering, energy efficiency, energy management, women in renewable energy, applications of renewable energy, and leadership development, including a practical session of solar electricity installation and an excursion to the GIZ PV system and presentation of certificates to the participants by the Program Director of NESP, Duke Benjamin.

While recounting their experiences and lessons learnt during the program, some of the participants expressed gratitude to Ondo State First Lady, also known as Mama BEMORE, for the privilege to be trained by experts in renewable energy, promising not to let her down.

EIt will be recalled that the annual BEMORE Summer Bootcamp for Girls Naija has so far trained over 700 girls in Solar technology, information and communication technology, and other life-enhancing skills since 2017, with the 2019 edition coming up later in August.