Shell has just unveiled the first football pitch powered by solar energy last week in Lagos, Nigeria.
The development is part of Shell’s #makethefuture programme, which puts bright energy ideas into action to bring benefits to local communities around the world. The unveiling was done by popular music sensation who is an ambassador for renewable energy, Akon.
Akon said, “New, reliable and smarter energy solutions play a major role in driving human progress in Africa.
“Projects like this innovative football pitch draw attention to the major opportunity that Nigeria, as well as the whole of Africa, have if we look to better harness new technologies and the continent’s abundant renewable energy resources.
“This is why Hardwork and I will feature this pitch in our upcoming video for Tell Me We’re Ok, because I want young people, whether they are in Lagos, Los Angeles or London to think about how they too can help us make the future.”
The project is situated at the Federal College of Education, (Technical), Akoka-Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. While speaking at the event which unveiled the pitch, Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria & Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Osagie Okunbor said, “We need bright energy ideas. Some of these will come from Shell, but naturally, others will come from outside our business.
“So it is crucial that Shell supports energy entrepreneurs and we hope that this pitch will inspire more entrepreneurs and young people to help us make a smarter energy future,” he said
The Provost of the college, Dr. Sijibomi O. Olusanya, also said the bright energy idea allows the students to play at night and provides a safer and more secure space at the heart of the community.
He added: “We have more than 10,000 student teachers, who will benefit from this innovative solution to light our football pitch.
“They will be the next generation of teachers across Nigeria and can use their first-hand experience of this pitch to inspire their pupils that they too can work towards developing bright energy ideas that could make a real difference to their community, Nigeria or even the world.
“Not only our students, but also the community that surrounds us will all get to benefit from this pitch for years to come.”