By KUNLE KALEJAYE
The Governing Council of the International Inner Wheel of Nigeria has declared its intension to partner experts at the Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland, inventor of cheap solar energy, on the provision of renewable energy in specific rural areas in Nigeria.
This was revealed in Lagos at the opening of the ‘Women for Africa’ Conference, organised by the International Inner Wheel of Nigeria.
This decision, according to Conference Coordinator, Mrs. Yemisi Alatise, became necessary as poor access to energy had continued to hamper growth and development in Africa, while also fuelling poverty, unemployment and also dearth of business possibilities.
“Laurea University is interested in powering rural hospitals and schools where electricity does not get to. This is a pilot project and we hope to widen the scope,” Alatise said.
Explaining how small communities in Finland had benefited from alternative energy, prominent Finnish scholar of Applied Sciences, Ritva Jaattela, who spoke at the event, revealed that Finland’s highly industrialised economy had devised a very cheap solar energy, made possible by the collaborative efforts of Finnish universities and small companies.
To ensure growth in renewable energy in Africa, Ritva therefore recommended a synergy between universities, for technical knowledge, and local companies.