The upcoming 5th Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF 2020) will focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 7 and on how to facilitate investments in sustainable electrification, clean energy growth and efficient energy technologies, the organisers have said.
Adekunle Makinde, the former National Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), Adekunle Makinde, confirmed that the Power Africa Nigeria Power Sector Program will deliver a capacity building workshop on scaling up the off-grid sector in Nigeria.
The Forum will be held from April 1 to April 2 at the Admiralty Centre, Naval Dockyards, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Makinde said a high-level representative of the USAID Missions in Nigeria is expected to make a keynote presentation at the conference. The confirmed keynote speakers at NEF2020 are Chiedu Ugbo, MD/CEO, Niger Delta Power Holding Company; and Kings Adeyemi, NIEEE National Chairman”.
The Chairman of the Forum, Oluwole Daniel Adeuyi said: “This year’s forum will address key themes pertinent to accelerating clean energy growth, increasing distributed generation connections and facilitating private investments for sustainable energy development in Nigeria”.
Adeuyi said “NEF2020 will feature over 4 top-class hands-on capacity building workshops on Industrial Energy Management, by UNIDO; The Nigeria Power Sector Program, by Power Africa NPSP; Women Leaders Energy Panel, by NIEEE-NEF; and Clean Energy Trade and Investment Roundtable, by the UK Department for International Trade”.
Over 300 participants are expected to attend 8 different technical, investment and training sessions, acquire new skills through practical exposure to modern energy technologies, and engage with expert speakers, exhibitors and training providers.
Makinde commented that “30 expert speakers have will be participating at the forum including Jesse Otegbayo, Chief Medical Director, UCH, Nigeria, Weibe Boer, MD/CEO, All On, Nigeria, Rolake Akikugbe-Filani, MD/CEO Energy Inc. Advisors, Sade Fagbola, General Manager, Solarquick, Nigeria and Segun Adaju, CEO Consistent Energy Ltd and President, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria.”
Others are Stewart Reid, Head, Future Networks, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, UK, James New, Program Officer, UNIDO, Austria, Percy Ezonfade, Senior Engineer, Lilleker Brothers, Nigeria, Moyeen Abiodun, Country Manager, Nigeria, Powergen and Taiwo Adewole, Executive Director, Recyclepoints, Nigeria.
Also, the Energy Innovation Competition organised by the forum for energy start-ups has attracted over 70 entries from about 10 different countries in Africa and the top ideas will pitch their solutions to investors and winners will be announced at conference.