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Igbo Cultural Organisation Rheinland Pfalz/Hessen e.V. (ICO) in Germany have had many successful projects in Nigeria and we are delighted to share them with you!


Other projects of interest:

2017: Ebenator Primary School

2009: Amaeze Migrant Primary School

2021: Photovoltaic Training Project in Owerri (in cooperation with CIM/GIZ)

Access to affordable, reliable energy is key to economic development, as there is a direct link between having electricity and the quality of a person’s living standard. This keeps people in remote parts of the developing world from being able to work their way out of poverty.


Renewable energy technologies are a way to provide electricity to these people. Solar panels, wind turbines, small-scale hydroelectric projects and other forms of self-sufficient energy provide rural communities in the developing world with the electricity they need to power their homes, schools, hospitals, stores, and other industries.


Having carried out couple of projects in Nigeria successfully, Igbo cultural organisation Rheinland Pfalz Hessen recently secured grant for a project worth about €45,000 from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Germany.


The project, organised by ICO, starting January 2021 seeks to transfer knowledge of photovoltaic installation and maintenance from diaspora professionals (Germany) in partnership with Melan Aid Foundation Nigeria.


Location of the project is Owerri in eastern Nigeria, and it aims to train about 25 qualified young men and women on how to install, maintain, manage solar projects, and eventually becoming successful entrepreneur. This training will be free for the participants who have successfully qualified themselves in the preliminary aptitude test.


Project owner: Igbo Cultural Organisation Rheinland Pfalz-Hessen e.V. Germany

Support by: MELAN Aid Foundation Nigeria

Funding support by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Germany

Application for the Photovoltaic Installation and Maintenance Training

ICO Rheinland-Pfalz-Hessen e.V Germany is committed to learning and development initiatives, where participants are encouraged to professionally develop in line with our organizational values of Quality, Innovation, Integrity and Joy.

To participate in the Photovoltaic  Installation and Maintenance Training at Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria in 2021, participants are required, to indicate in their letter of application the following:


  • Your present job/duties, Student, and status of employment
  • Any knowledge of photovoltaic installation and maintenance
  • How you heard of this programme
  • Your expectations
  • Any knowledge of Igbo Cultural Organisation Rheinland-Pfalz-Hessen e.V. Germany and Melan Aid Foundation Nigeria.


Target group for the training:

Young technicians (electricians or mechanics), students from the 6th semester (300 level) onwards from engineering course (mechanical engineering or similar), between 18 and 40 years of age.


Please forward your letter of application and CV to the following email address:

Project Status Update:

The ICO Photovoltaic Training Project at IMSU (Imo State University) Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria started as scheduled on Mo. Aug. 2, 2021. The Opening Ceremony took place on Tue. Aug. 3, 2021, and was co-hosted by ICO Representative Mr. Edmund Akubeze and Melan Aid Foundation Representative Mrs. Linda Ekweogu. The Closing Ceremony wscheduled to take place on Aug. 28, 2021. Preparations are ongoing. Project execution is currently being carried out as planned, although we met a number of challenges during the preparation. These however, were taken care of with the joint effort of ICO e.V. Germany, Melan Aid Foundation and IMSU Representatives. Participation by students is regular, as well as the attention level during lessons. Our catering service is doing an excellent job, and the SPVI trainer who is seasoned in his craft is delivering at high level.


The photovoltaic training course at IMSU in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria has been completed. The examination took place on Wednesday/Thursday Aug. 25 to 26, 2021. The closing ceremony took place on Friday Aug. 27, 2021 and the ceremony was very well attended. Preparation and execution went as planned and a certificate of participation was handed out to all students who participated in the training during the closing ceremony.


The project teams in Germany and Nigeria are currently working on rounding up the project, finalising project reporting and preparing measure to ensure sustainability in cooperation with IMSU Owerri. The marking of the exams is surrently ongoing and the certificate of aptitude is yet to be handed to participants. Thanks for your interest and further updates will be posted in due course…

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