The National Lottery Authority (NLA) through a collaboration with the Nation Builders Corps Secretariat has trained a sizeable number of Graduates under the NABCO Programme on Solar Panels Installation and Maintenance as part of the Solar-powered E-Kiosk Project.
The training of the graduates on Solar Panels Installation and Maintenance is one of the key policies of Kofi Osei-Ameyaw to cement the vision of President Akufo-Addo in relation to achieving a sustainable alternative energy for the country while at the same time creating skilled related jobs for the Youth.
Renewable energy has become a very urgent necessary addition to the country’s energy sector.
The renewable energy is relatively cheaper which is readily available and accessible.
As matter of fact, renewable energy is very key to the successful implementation of Ghana’s international obligations under the Sustainable Development Goals 7 and 13.
Goal 7 of the Sustainable Development focuses on access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.
Sustainable Development Goal 13 also focuses on the urgent action to combat Climate Change.
President Akufo-Addo during the 2019 State of the Nation’s Address to Parliament on Thursday, 21st February 2019, announced that the Seat of Government, Jubilee House will from August this year be powered by Solar Energy.
And that the target of Government is to install up to 200 megawatts of distributed Solar Power by 2030 in both residential and non-residential facilities. In the same way, NLA from July 2019 will start rolling out the solar-powered E-Kiosks across the country.
The E-kiosk depends on Solar Energy for its multi-purpose functions.
The solar-powered E-Kiosks have the greatest goodwill to reduce the pressure on the national grid.
The solar-powered E-kiosk will free users from the payment of electricity bills and can be used in any parts of the country including rural areas and very remote villages or communities due to its dependence on Renewable Energy.
Affordable and reliable energy is absolutely crucial to the realization of the country’s vision of achieving socioeconomic transformation.
The solar-powered E-kiosk would be greatly useful to the local economy especially to the energy needs of the country.
The solar-powered E-kiosk would enable the authority to increase accessibility, create jobs and increase revenue generation for Government as well as economically improve the living conditions of lotto marketing companies and retailers.
NLA under Mr. Osei-Ameyaw aimed at training over 2, 000 graduates on the installation and maintenance of Solar Panels for the E-kiosk Project.
These trained graduates would be responsible for installing and provide maintenance services to the Solar Panels Component of the E-Kiosk, and assist in the training of other graduates.