By Christian Njoku
Care for Social Welfare International, (CASWI), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), with projects in Cross River, has been shortlisted for Ashden Awards for innovative solutions.
CASWI installed a solar energy system in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Ikot-Eyo, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River to assist the IDPs and also avert the effects of climate change.
The Ashden Awards is an international award for outstanding climate solutions in areas such as powering up off-grid communities, greening cities or regenerating the natural world to build a better zero-carbon future.
Winners of the award which was launched in 2001 would benefit from cash prizes and publicity, as well as new connections to investors, funders and policymakers.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN), on Tuesday in Calabar, the Focal Person of CASWI, Mr Ifeanyi Damian said the world can avert the effects of climate change if it invests in innovative solutions that provide clean energy.
Damian said this type of energy was important, especially to the most vulnerable persons that depended solely on fossil fuel energy for their survival both economically and for domestic use.
He said their project in the IDP camp was generating portable water supply for drinking, agricultural purposes and the provision of electricity to the camp.
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“Our project through the installation of the solar energy system in the Ikot Eyo IDP camp is generating water supply from its borehole system for both agricultural purposes and domestic use.
“It is also providing home light, saving the IDPs a lot in generating much-needed light and also eliminating the cost of setting up electricity supply for government in the camp, estimated at 22,400 dollars.
“Currently there is no electricity supply channel created for the IDP camp by the government but this project has eliminated the cost of creating that in the IDP camp benefiting from our project.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria-based NGO commenced the installation of the solar energy system in the IDP camp in July 2022 to help Displaced indigenes of Bakassi and other victims of communal clashes. (NAN)
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