By Jonathan Lois
The member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State and Vice President(Africa) of Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment(GLOBE) International, Rt. Hon. Sam Onuigbo has called for enhanced action towards increasing women’s participation in the renewable energy sector so as to address issues of Climate Change, while also empowering the women economically.
Honourable Onuigbo said this during his presentation on the topic “Measures to improve women’s engagement in the renewables sector”, at the International Renewable Energy Agency(IRENA)’s Legislators Forum during the 10th Assembly in Abu Dhabi, between January 10-12, 2020.
The Honourable Member who spoke on the foundation of three decades of experience as a community leader stated that women are passionate and committed drivers for positive change in societies and as such should be engaged in the renewables sector through laws, strategies and deliberate policies to combat climate change in order to achieve Green economy.
Honourable Onuigbo called for the deployment of a combination of laws, actions and innovative approaches at the local and national levels to address gender inequality, and guarantee women’s empowerment and access to finance and education. This is all the more important, he stressed, because when a woman is trained, a nation is built.
The Honourable Member pointed that from his experiences, women have the incomparable ability to mobilize and motivate people to action and as such, as key players in the renewable energy sector, will initiate and execute massive strides towards the attainment of the use of sustainable energy sources and the protection of the environment.
IRENA assemblies are annual events where global discussions on the deployment of renewable energy sources in order to checkmate environmental challenges caused by energy sources, while engendering sustainable development are held by experts and policy makers all over the world.