The Power Africa 2019 Conference was successfully held at the CBN ITI, Abuja, Nigeria, between 20th and 23rd of August, 2019. At the end of the Conference, the following resolutions were reached and recognized:
- That the world economy has moved from resource-based to knowledge-based, and hence the need to bridge the gap between academia and industry for sustainable development.
- Acknowledges the role played by IEEE Smart Village in providing energy access, education and entrepreneurship development towards improving the living standard of off-grid communities around Africa; especially with emphasis on sustainability.
- The need to foster gender equality and social inclusion in power engineering training; towards developing critical thinking and relevant practical skills to solve existing industrial challenges.
- The need to advocate the active participation of industrial partners in the ongoing review of the engineering curriculum at Nigerian universities;
- The opportunity to unanimously call on local industries to identify their challenges and engage academia to foster collaborations.
- Urges engineers and researchers to be proactive and entrepreneurial in identifying and solving socio-economic problems bedevilling Africa.
- The need for future conferences to engage government and multilateral agencies, inviting them to discuss challenges of power in Africa and proffer holistic, realistic and sustainable solutions.
- The need for Universities and industries in Africa to fashion out unique home-grown solutions to Africa’s energy challenges; emphasizing infrastructure and human capacity-building across the continent.
Engr. Tunde Y. Salihu
General Chair, 2019 PAC