The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has certificated 42 persons from across various government ministries and agencies, universities, and the engineering society of Liberia at a workshop focusing on the field of Hydro-power development.
The institutions included in the workshop were the University of Liberia, Tubman University, Booker Washington Institute, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Cuttington University and St. Clement University,
Others included were the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, the Liberia Hydraulic Services, and the Engineering Society of Liberia amongst others.
The trainees were certificated on Thursday, December 19, at a resort in Monrovia following the completion of the 10-day intensive training workshop that was co-financed by USAID and Winrock International/LESSP as implementing agencies. The goal of the workshop was to lay the foundation of a market environment for mini hydro-based renewable energy in the country; it was held under the theme: “Small hydropower project development in Liberia.”
The training took place between the 9th to the 19th of December and focused on building the capacity of the technical and managerial knowledge within small hydro-power project development in the country.
Speaking at the certification program, Mr. Michael McGovern, Chief of Party of LESSP/Winrock International, urged the participants’ to make use of the newly acquired skills they have received from the Indian professors in the workshop for the development of small hydro power plant projects.
Mr. McGovern told the participants that Liberia has a lot of small rivers that are very useful in supplying electricity to rural communities, “so the training you people have received here can be used as a catalyst to go back to your various counties and build small hydro power plants of your own.”
He said the project would provide planning for the construction and installation of a 1 Megawatt run of the river, mini-hydropower station in Bong County harnessing the Mein River.
The LESSP/Winrock International chief of party boss explained that as an institution, “We need technically skilled people in Liberia that would help in the rebuilding process of the country.”
Also present at the program was a visiting Professor from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), Dr Rajeshwel Prasad Saini, said from the interaction with the students; he is convinced that they would make a tremendous impact on the project.
Dr. Saini said that Liberia has great potential for hydropower and his experience with the 42 engineering students assured him that they can make an impact on the project.
The executive director of Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA), Mr. Augustus Goanue, lauded both the participants and facilitators of the workshop and hoped that the knowledge shared in it would be use for its intended purpose.
Mr. Goanue however told the participants that there role is to facilitate and support the rebuilding process of Liberia and the national economy.
Meanwhile, one of the beneficiaries of the workshop, Mr. Hun-Bu Tulay, from the engineering society of Liberia thanked the facilitator and organizers for imparting their knowledge and promising that is would be widely use.