Dubai, UAE – Green Energy Mission Africa (GEMA) proudly announces the monumental launch of the YouthVoltAfrica project at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP28) in Dubai, UAE. This historic event represents a pivotal moment for African youth, propelling them into an active role in the transition agenda while addressing the urgent issue of energy poverty across the continent.

On December 8, 2023, the launch of the YouthVoltAfrica project witnessed the esteemed presence of distinguished guests, including the Minister of the Environment, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, the Minister of Youth and Development, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, and the Director-General of the National Climate Change Council, Dr. Salisu Dahiru, among other respected dignitaries. Their attendance underscores the unwavering support and commitment from influential stakeholders, emphasizing the significant value attached to empowering African youth.

Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, Minister of Youth and Development, expressed, “The launch of the YouthVoltAfrica project marks a significant milestone in our commitment to empowering African youth. By equipping them with knowledge and opportunities, we are not only fostering a greener future but also cultivating a generation of leaders ready to tackle the challenges of our time. The involvement of youth in the transition agenda is paramount, and YouthVoltAfrica serves as a beacon of hope for a sustainable and prosperous Africa.”

YouthVoltAfrica is a transformative initiative designed to equip African youth with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to actively contribute to Africa’s Energy Transition. Through this project, the youth will engage in renewable energy, climate resilience, and sustainable resource management, playing a critical role in achieving Africa’s ambitious energy transition goals and addressing the persistent issue of energy poverty.

Dr. Salisu Dahiru, Director-General of the National Climate Change Council, emphasized, “Addressing climate change requires collaborative and innovative efforts. The YouthVoltAfrica project aligns seamlessly with our goals at the National Climate Change Council, empowering the youth to be active contributors to sustainable development. This initiative not only tackles energy poverty but also underscores the importance of youth leadership in shaping a resilient and low-carbon future for Africa. We stand committed to supporting initiatives that drive positive change and environmental stewardship.”

The launch of the YouthVoltAfrica project coincides with UNFCCC COP28, a globally recognized platform for discussing climate change challenges and solutions. By aligning with this prestigious event, Green Energy Mission Africa seeks to harness the collaborative efforts and expertise of global stakeholders to foster partnerships and drive substantial progress in advancing the energy transition agenda in Africa.

Furthermore, the launch symbolizes Green Energy Mission Africa’s unwavering dedication to empowering African youth and promoting their active involvement in sustainable development. Through providing necessary support, training, and opportunities, this project aims to catalyze innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation, paving the way for a prosperous and sustainable Africa.

Abubakar Shuaibu, Founder and CEO of Green Energy Mission Africa, remarked, “The launch of the YouthVoltAfrica project is a beacon of hope and empowerment for the youth of Africa. It is a testament to the transformative potential that lies within our young minds. This project is not just about addressing energy poverty; it is about igniting a spark of innovation, resilience, and leadership in our youth. By providing them with knowledge, skills, and opportunities, we are laying the foundation for a sustainable Africa, where the next generation plays a pivotal role in shaping a greener and more prosperous future. Together, let us embark on this journey of change, where the energy transition becomes a catalyst for empowerment and sustainable development.”

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About Green Energy Mission Africa: Green Energy Mission Africa (GEMA) is a leading organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development and renewable energy solutions in Africa. Through transformative projects such as YouthVoltAfrica, GEMA empowers and enables African youth to actively participate in the energy transition and combat energy poverty.

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