Amidst the hydra-headed challenges facing the power sector in Nigeria, an appeal has gone to the Federal Government to have a quick look and adopt the Renewable Energy Policy document, in order to have a guided and effective take-off of the use of renewable energy sources in the country.
A renewable energy expert and Managing Director/CEO, Folub Electrik Servz, Engineer Bode Adefolu, made the appeal on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Town and Gown Seminar organised by Physics Department of Covenant University, Ota.
While speaking on “Green World, Green Life, Green Energy: Panacea to Healthy Future,” Engineer Adefolu, who was the Guest Speaker at the event, noted that from a long-term perspective and the need to diversify energy sources, renewable energy remains important to Nigeria’s energy sector.
“It would not be out of place to mention that solar power, the wind, and mini-hydro could be important players in Nigeria attaining energy independence in the long run as they will equally contribute to the good health of the people with no side effect coming from its deployment,” he argued.
The guest speaker noted that, Nigeria, though, endowed with variety of energy resources, which includes crude oil, natural gas, tar sands, coal and lignite, hydropower, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and uranium; oil and gas alone presently constitutes over 80% of the total commercial primary energy resources utilized in the country.
“With the exception of hydro, the aforementioned resources do not naturally replace themselves within a short time. They are depleting resources with immense negative environmental effects on exploration and consumption; and are therefore not clean energy sources,” he explained.
The way out, he said, was to make Nigerians rethink their current style of living with proper consideration for a healthy tomorrow. “If we start now to tap the untapped sustainable energy resources that we are blessed with in this country and reduce the over-dependence on fossil fuel, we may be looking at a green world, green life and green energy that will bring about a healthy future. The time to start is now,” he advised.