The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF), in partnership with Power4All, organized a workshop on renewable energy for the Nigerian Women’s Traders Association.
Explaining the rationale for the partnership, Ms. Ifeoma Malo, the Nigerian Campaign Director, Power4All noted the relationship between energy and poverty. According to her, sustainable and safe energy sources could enhance women’s economic productivity and in turn reduce extreme poverty, which mostly affects women and children.

Women Fund Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Olufunke Baruwa, further reiterated the need for more women to be involved in politics. Taking a leaf from the cliché “There is Nothing for Us Without Us” She urged members of the association to begin to actively engage with the political process in Nigeria to ensure meaningful women participation.

The workshop drew representatives from the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria, and some of the country’s renowned renewable energy experts like Olasimbo Sojirin, Segun Adaju and Habiba Ali, who harped on how existing and old energy and cooking sources cause health hazards, and how renewable energy could serve as healthy, efficient and cost-effective alternatives for power in Nigeria.

Highlights from the workshop include sessions on engaging the political system, income generating enterprises in the renewable energy sector, energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change and the exhibition of renewable energy products.