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Reps task Energy commission of Nigeria on job creation

The House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology has urged the Energy Commission of Nigeria to use its 2023 budget to create more jobs for youths in the country.

The Chairman of the Committee Mrs Beni Lar, made the call during the 2022 budget performance and 2023 budget Defense of some agencies under the committee in Abuja.

Mrs Lar said there was the need for the commission to use its budget in unlocking the investment potential in renewable energy sources and transfer of profitable renewable skills set to Nigerian youths.

She stressed that the joint task must be done and quickly too, adding that the Committee with renewed vigor will strategically and consistently engage the Energy Commission of Nigeria to birth a new, reliable and futuristic source of foreign exchange earner for Nigeria in the renewable energy sector.

“To achieve these goals, the Management of Energy Commission of Nigeria must look beyond the meager budgetary allocation, seek alternative funding platforms, create avenue for synergies and tap into global funds for the development of cleaner renewable energy sources,” said Mrs Lar.

Presenting the 2022 budget performance, the Director-General of Energy Commission of Nigeria Professor Jidare Bala told the committee that a total of N15.21 billion was allocated to the commission for personnel, capital and overhead cost. According to him, 963.7 million naira has been earmarked for capital expenditures while 362.18 million naira for overhead and 256.14 million is for personnel cost.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai