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  • The Guardian Newspaper
  • Thursday, 09 October 2014
  • Written by Sulaimon Salau

Worried by the impact of carbon emission on human lives, Nigeria has been urged to take up the challenge of actualizing renewable energy projects that would lead the country and Africa into the clean energy regime.

Stakeholders, who gathered in Lagos at a forum organised by the Enville Institute of Environmental and Safety Management Limited/Gte, believed that Nigeria can still make up with the gap in renewable energy investment, if profound government policies are perfectly implemented.

The Director General, Africa Clean Energy Summit (ACES), Victor Fodeke, told The Guardian at the  event that President Goodluck Jonathan has given his consent  to the clean energy scheme, which would be lunched in Abuja in few weeks time.

Nigeria, among other countries of the world have suffered so much from severe impact of global warming, therefore necessitating the clamour for renewable energy exploitation to ensure a clean and safe environment for living.

Fodeke however decried the huge gap in sustainable energy supply in the country, stating that about 130 million Nigerians were still not connected to the national grid, despite the Federal Government  aggressive developmental efforts. He therefore raised hope that such energy needs would be gradually addressed by the clean energy scheme.

Fodeke among other speakers at the forum lamented the under utilisation of the nation’s abundant renewable energy sources which include, wind, hydro and solar, among others.

The Chief Operating Officer, The Guardian Newspapers Limited, Dr. Alex Thomopulous, linked the carbon footprint challenge to  technological backwardness, ignorance and lack of innovations, adding that these factors were  not accepted as excuses for Nigeria’s environmental hazards. He stressed that, ‘Nigeria needs to wake up before its too late’, urging that government and stakeholders should move from the philosophy of increase mentality to  that of innovation, whereby good and laudable projects are achieved in a cost effective manner.

The former Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Jerry Nwankwo, expressed worries that the developed countries were unwilling to make commitment to reducing carbon emissions. He  however, added that it was very urgent for  global communities to take steps to reduce the menace. He said this could  be done through optimal exploitation of alternative energy resources such as the wind, solar and hydropower among others.

He therefore urged the institute to take up the challenge of measuring sources and quantity of carbon footprint in Nigeria, in order  to ease strategies in reducing carbon emissions.

Also,   Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science, University of North Carolina, Charlette, United States, Prof. Hilary Inyang, said Nigeria requires much more energy supply than what was available at present in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, Vision 20 2020 and other economic development agenda of the Federal Government.

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