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USAID and Power Africa to generate energy opportunities for Nigerian women  

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Power Africa have inaugurated the initiative called “Growing Green Jobs for Women in Nigeria.”

This initiative is designed to advance gender equality, promote clean energy solutions, and align with Nigeria’s sustainability objectives. It anticipates equipping approximately 500 women and youth with the necessary skills and opportunities to secure improved roles within Nigeria’s energy sector.

Women have been underrepresented in energy-related careers in Nigeria, with limited representation in leadership or decision-making roles. The Powering Jobs Census reveals that only eight percent of women occupy positions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), whereas 64 percent are in non-STEM roles within the Nigerian workforce.

USAID economic programme management specialist, Susan Oranye, has said that Nigerians are on the move to create million jobs.

“Through the Energy Transition Plan, Nigeria seeks to achieve net zero emissions by 2060 and lift 100 million Nigerians out of energy poverty by substantially expanding clean energy generation. This transition is expected to create 420,000 jobs in the power sector alone by 2060, creating an opportunity for women to play a growing role in Nigeria’s traditionally male-dominated power sector” she said.

The program provides women and youth with a diverse set of learning opportunities and resources to excel in the competitive energy sector. It encompasses training in professional and technical skills such as solar installation, project management, and communication skills. Additionally, it offers employability clinics, job fairs, job shadowing experiences, and mentorship programs.

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