WIRE-A members at the Canadian Solar/Jubaili Bros workshop – PV Installation Training, Level 1 and 2 – October 10, 2018 – Photo Credit: Mrs. Isioma Fidel-Ewerem

By Victor Gotevbe

The Women In Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (WIRE-A) in partnership with Jubaili Bros Engineering Limited will on Monday, November 5, 2018 organize a Seminar in Lagos, themed: Advancing the Role and Recognition of Women in the Renewable Energy Space” . WIRE-A on November 6,  2018  will hold its Anual General Meeting and the “Naija Women Go Green Road show” which will take off from Ikosi junction, Oregun, Ikeja to the Jubaili Bros Engineering Premises in same location.

Speaking to Diplomatic Watch, Chief Mrs Anita Nana Okuribido, President of WIRE-A, noted that the Seminar is timely as the narratives are changing. “The role and focus of women as enablers of socio-economic and ecological growth have become synonymous with sustainable development globally. From the rural communities to the cities; from boardrooms to homes, farms to markets, gender entrepreneurship and empowerment has become a movement towards not just attaining the SDG goals but for sustained national and economic growth”.

The Seminar is a follow up on the outcomes of  three past major events which include: Women In Energy – Series 1.0 that marked the inaugural listing and recognition of Women in Renewable Energy Nigeria, launched under the platform of Environment Africa Magazine  on May 9, 2017 at Four Points by Sheraton hotel.

Another meeting was a Sensitization Workshop with the focus on ‘Using Green Devices for Economic Empowerment and How to Access Funds’ held  on December 8, 2017 at the Mainland Local Government office with the kind support of Honourable (Mrs.) Omolola Essien, Chairperson of Lagos Mainland Local Government.

Again, the Women In Energy – Series 2.0 with the topic: ‘Enabling Gender Focus for Sustained Empowerment’ was organized on June 8, 2018 at Four Points by Sheraton.

Chief Okuribido, emphasized on the need to organize such seminars because “ Renewable Energy is already playing a key role in the socio-economic development of Nigeria, and most importantly, in the development of women and growth of men entrepreneurship, both in rural and urban areas; with attendant impact on agricultural development and food security, establishment of small scale economic hubs, job creation and activation of specialized skill sets.”

WIRE-A as part of its interest in building the capacity of its members and other women, recently attended the Canadian Solar/Jubaili Bros workshop on PV Installation Training, Level 1 and  2 in Lagos.

The Association believes in positive collaboration towards the fulfillment of its vision and is therefore open to partnerships. Synergy will create the much needed value addition for mutual benefits as well as enhance the achievement of its  collective visions for further sustainability in the Renewable Energy space, said Okuribido.

The event is strictly by invitation.