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As we stand, the whole world is moving away from fossil fuels. By 2050, our crude oil will be useless as no one will want it. I can even see the UN introducing new environmental; regulations that may limit its use. Our first priority must be to get all new industrial concerns to generate their own power. Nowhere in the world today are industrial start-ups dependent on the national grid for their power supply.

We get Innoson Motors to start manufacturing solar panels as they are the most needed piece of industrial equipment in Nigeria today. Solar panels are far more urgent than assembling cars and I am at a loss as to why your Nnewi factory is not churning them out by the millions on a daily basis.

Every country in the world has one industrial giant that spurs its development. Mitsubishi (Japan), Vauxhall (UK), Siemens (Germany), Ford (US), etc are all part of their national infrastructure. Innoson is our national manufacturer and is central to Nigeria’s industrialisation. It thus needs all the backing it can get.

Our government should also be offering interest-free loans in conjunction with banks to anyone who wants to buy a solar panel. Under my proposals, traders will get up to N10,000 from the government through the Bank of Industry (BoI). I would rather supply them with solar panels for that cash so they can generate their own electricity.

Under the Trader Moni programme, if the government gives you N10,000 and you refund it within six months, then you are qualified to collect N15,000. If you pay back the sum of N15,000 you are qualified to get N20,000. If we introduce this with solar panels and I trust our people. Within two years, we will have numerous solar millionaires as happened with the GSM market.

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Nigeria’s power crisis is actually easy to solve if we are serious about it. We need to compel every one of our 774 local government areas to have a microgrid connecting all the homes and businesses within its jurisdiction. If we can generate the power from solar, distributing it across a local government area is never going to be as traumatic as the headaches we have with the national grid whereby you have to transfer electricity from Lagos to Maiduguri or from Calabar to Sokoto.

Building mega hydro-electric plants is good but they will still leave the problem of distribution unsolved. If, say the Mambilla Power Plant is functional today, distributing power from Adamawa State to the rest of the country will be the next big challenge. In contrast, if every local government area and every state government is compelled by law to generate its own power, distribution ceases to be an issue. Each state government musty thus be given a power generation target.

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Our federal government also needs to place a punitive tax on solar panels imports of about 300% to force manufacturers to locate their plants in the country. This consumerism is simply going too far now and something drastic needs to be done. We are already the world’s largest importer of medium and small generators. It is highly embarrassing that we shamelessly import generators, so must not make the same mistake with solar panels

I would also like us to build four offshore waste-to-power plants in Eta Oko, Brass, Nembe and Umon Island with an electrify generation target of about 5,000MW. We should also engage global customers with international waste delivered by sea

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It is estimated that around 3% of global annual plastic waste enters the oceans each year. An estimated 299m tonnes of plastics were produced in 2013 but in 2025, the annual input is estimated to be about twice greater. Bear in mind the global demand for plastic waste management market was valued at approximately $24bn in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around $29.8bn by the end of 2024.

Imagine what Nigeria could do with just $10bn of this. We should set ourselves a revenue target with regards to generating money from converting waste to power.

These manufacturing facilities would be surrounded by wind farms, with undersea pipes constructed to ferry local waste to them. A power plant would exist on the coast to convert all their power to electricity and our target should be to create 100,000 jobs.

As part of this project, we should also have factories converting waste into finished goods as is done elsewhere. For instance, in Beijing, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde can construct a Smog Free Tower that captures carbon from the atmosphere, refines it and releases the clean air back into the city and then converts the compact carbon into diamonds.

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This technology is incredibly effective as the air around the tower is 55% to 75% cleaner than the rest of the city. This tower, which has been used in Rotterdam, Beijing, Tianjin and Dalian, sucks up 30,000 cubic meters of polluted air per hour.

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DHL donated IDR2.4 billion to SOS Children’s Villages in six years of partnership in Indonesia

  • With DPDHL Group's support and contribution of €140,000 (IDR2.4 billion) since inception, program has benefitted more than 2,500 young people in Indonesia
  • GoTeach program aims to improve youth employability, especially now with challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 8 March 2021 - DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international freight specialist arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group (or DPDHL Group), today commemorates six years of partnership with SOS Children's Villages (SOSCV) at a DHL GoTeach Donation Ceremony. Working together with the non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk, DPDHL Group has reached out to more than 2,500 beneficiaries in Indonesia through mentorship and educational activities and a contribution of €140,000 (IDR2.4 billion) since 2014.

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"As one of the largest employers in the world, the Group is supportive of programs that prepare job seekers for the working world, especially during such challenging times. Today, we are proud to commemorate our six years of partnership with SOS Children's Villages at the DHL GoTeach Donation Ceremony," said Thomas Grunau, Global Head of Business Strategy & Digitalization, DHL Global Forwarding.

During the ceremony, Grunau presented a donation of €5,000 to SOSCV Indonesia in support of the Pandemic GoTeach project, which offered an online employability training to more than 1,000 young people all over Indonesia in 2020. With the support of 12 volunteers, the online training sessions, covering employability related topics such as job interview and resume writing skills, will continue in 2021 until social distancing measures ease up. The program is the brainchild of Elok Vinindya Wardhani, Marketing and Corporate Communications, DHL Global Forwarding Indonesia, who was recognized for her initiative and effort with the organization's CEO award in the category sustainability.

DHL Global Forwarding Indonesia President Director, Vincent Yong said, "In today's rapidly changing world, education paves the way to a stable, sustainable and prosperous tomorrow. Through the GoTeach program, DHL hopes to help the youth in Indonesia to develop the skills and confidence to enter the professional world. With 509 employees across all business divisions volunteering for more than 3,000 hours in the past six years, GoTeach also delivers opportunities for our employees to actively contribute and play a role in the community."

GoTeach is a group-wide corporate responsibility program aimed at improving youth employability for those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Educational and mentorship activities are regularly organized to better prepare them to enter the working world.

"The sustainability and power of an economy and the society depend on a strong educational system and targeted efforts to develop the next generation of working professionals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, jobs and livelihoods have been impacted, deepening the need for training and mentoring programs, such as GoTeach, for our youth to continue to develop their competencies and capabilities to reach their dreams. SOS Children's Villages is happy and proud to join hands with DHL Indonesia to deliver on this commitment," said Gregor Hadiyanto Nitihardjo, National Director SOS Children's Villages Indonesia.

According to UNICEF, there are approximately 24 million students who have dropped out of school as a result of the pandemic, adding to the 870 million students or half of the world's student population in 51 countries who have yet to return to school.

In Indonesia, DHL Global Forwarding together with DHL Express and DHL Supply Chain have continuously focused on developing youth's potential since 2014, sharing knowledge on soft and hard skills as well as supporting career development and employability for young people. The GoTeach program has been conducted in several locations across Indonesia such as Meulaboh, Banda Aceh, Medan, Jakarta, Lembang, Semarang, Bali and Flores. For the past six years, DHL employees have actively become mentors in several GoTeach activities such as skill preparation, job shadowing, DHL facility tours, internships and dream camp activities at SOS Children's Villages to improve employability. The initiative is also part of DPDHL Group's effort to contribute to local communities where they operate.

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".

About SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children's Villages is a non-profit organization that provides alternative care for children who lost or at risk of losing their parental care. Founded in 1949 in Innsbruck, Austria, SOS Children's Villages now are in 136 countries, including Indonesia. Today, Indonesia SOS Children's Villages have nurtured and assisted more than 5.500 children in 11 cities in Indonesia: Lembang, Jakarta, Bogor, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Tabanan, Maumere, Banda Aceh, Meulaboh, Medan, and Palu. For further information, visit: www.sos.or.id | @desaanaksos

*Special Notes

SOS Children's Villages prioritizes family-based care and we form substitute families for children who lost or at risk of losing their parental care. The Mothers and Children establish a family relationship with each other just like any family out there (family-care), so we avoid terms such as an orphanage, foster child, foster mother, and orphans that is replaced with the term a child who lost or at risk of losing their parental care. In SOS Children's Villages, we also pay close attention to children's interests and we also protect their privacy, so any information that is related to their background and personal matter will only be shared with particular parties and will not be published to the public.

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