DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE NIGERIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR: A CRITICAL REVIEW OF THE STATE, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Tobechukwu Eleogu, Bukola A. Odulaja, Abiola Adekunle Abdul, Chibuike Daraojimba
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This critical review illuminates the current state, challenges, and prospects of diversity and inclusion in the Nigerian renewable energy sector. Motivated by the sector’s escalating prominence in Nigeria’s energy mix, the objectives encompassed a comprehensive assessment of historical contexts, present conditions, and future opportunities. Key findings reveal significant strides in diversity initiatives, though cultural, structural, and economic barriers persist. Despite these challenges, diversity has ushered in multifaceted advantages, including increased innovation, enhanced stakeholder relations, and sustainable growth. Comparative analysis with global standards indicates areas for improvement and potential pathways. The review culminates in strategic recommendations encompassing policy shifts, community engagement, and proactive inclusion strategies. Collectively, this exploration underscores the paramount importance of integrating diversity and inclusion for the sustainable advancement of the Nigerian renewable energy sector.