The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) has disclosed that it would set up a National Climate Innovation Centre (NCIC) in partnership with an indigenous technology firm, Tido Tech International, to promote green energy technology in Nigeria.
According to a statement from the Acting Director General of NAPTIN, Mr. Ahmed Nagode, in Abuja, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of the climate innovation centre was recently signed with Tido Tech International, which was represented by its head, Prof. Olugbemiga Olatidoye.
The statement explained that with the MoU, NAPTIN and Tido Tech International will work together to set up the framework for the establishment and implementation of centre.
It said the main objective for the establishment of the centre would be to foster a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) framework in the promotion of green energy technology in Nigeria.
The statement further stated that within the framework, “both parties would identify key stakeholders that could work with it in the establishment and effective operation of the centre, clearly define the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in the project, undertake a feasibility study on the operations of the centre with a view to identify a suitable business model for its operation, as well as identify sources of funds for the operation of the centre”.
The centre is expected to encourage increased collaboration between tertiary institutions in Nigeria and industries in green energy technology and business.
It also described the partnership as part of efforts by the Nigerian government to fulfil its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Energy for all (SE4All) initiative.
Nagode, in the statement expressed his delight with the partnership, and said that NAPTIN has similar partnership with reputed organisations like Schneider Electric, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
He added that the institute would continue to explore beneficial partnership that will enable it fulfill its mandates of providing capacity building services for the country’s power sector.
Similarly, Olatidoye, a United States-based professor said he was pleased with the partnership which he noted would ensure Nigeria would not be left out as part of nations making strides and efforts to fulfill their global commitments to carbon reduction and safe environment.
He said the establishment of the centre would equally ensure sustainability in the transfer of knowledge on green energy technology deployment, especially mini-grid renewable energy systems.