The Council for Renewable Energy, Nigeria has called for government direct investment in solar production. The president of the Council, Chief Anita Okuribido made this call in Lagos in a chat with The Nation on the sideline of the signing of Trade agreement between Austria and Nigeria recently.
She said renewable energy was the way forward in modern technology and production because of its inherent environmentally friendly nature.
She frowned at the lack of interest on the part of the government to build on the success recorded so far by the private sector in raising awareness on the positive impact of the technology in the public domain inorder to elicit its patronage and usage.
Calling for more government involvement, the Council president sought for collaboration from countries, such as Austria that has a success story in solar energy production. She asked for exchange programmes between the two countries and capacity building for the Council members that would include training and demonstration exercises in Austria in no distant future to seal the technology transfer agreement .
Furthermore she called for targeted assistance to women entrepreneurs and urged their Austrian counterparts to do more to encourage them to pull through in this great need to acquire greater skill in competitive technology.
Information from The Nation was used in this report.