Dr Adeleke Mamora, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), has said the Energy Transition Plan of the Federal Government presents a unique opportunity for professional women to be at the forefront.
The Minister said this at the opening ceremony of the four-day 2022 National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to the minister, energy transition is a unique opportunity for professional women to be at the forefront of decisions and development of low carbon energy sources toward zero emission.
Mamora said it was also an opportunity for women to identify opportunities and businesses across the energy sector in Africa.
He, however, noted that for the transition to be successful, reports had shown that over 18 million jobs needed to be created in order to ensure sustainability and inclusion.
The minister added that more women were needed to work in the renewable energy sector space.
He said when considering the future of the economy, solar energy, green hydrogen and other renewable forms of energy were identified as the fuel of the future towards securing economic stability.
While pledging collaboration with the APWEN to achieve the energy transition plan, Mamora called on stakeholders to take advantage of the policies of government on energy transition to drive sustainable development in the country.
“The interesting thing is that this energy transition cannot take place without STI and government cannot and does not have the capacity to do it alone, which is why partnership is key,’’ the minister said.