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FG To Generate Electricity From Coal

Economy, Nigeria,
Posted: May 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor

Abuja – Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology,  on Thursday said the Federal government would generate power from coal with a view to ensuring uninterrupted power supply in the country.

Onu stated this in Abuja while flagging-off a two-week hands-on training for rural youths and women potters on design, fabrication and installation of locally made metal and clay-based energy-efficient (Eco-Friendly) wood cook-stoves.

The training was organised by the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Social Development Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Authority, Abuja (FCTA).

He  said strongly believed that the time has come for the ECN to ensure that Nigeria plays its roles and utilises efficiently renewable energy, saying the contribution of renewable energy mix in the country must improve.

Onu further urged ECN to conduct more research on the use of coal to generate power, adding that  the nation`s energy needs were very important in the direction the country was heading to.

The minister underscored the need for the industrialisation of the country, adding that Nigeria would no longer afford to be a consuming nation.
According to him, “We need to produce and we cannot continue to depend on the few sources of energy.

“Energy Commission of Nigeria will play a very important role to make sure that as a nation, we are able to meet our energy needs that will be enough. I know the Energy Commission of Nigeria will take it seriously and how best they can help us”.

He said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was concerned about the welfare and well-being of all Nigerians, either to those who lived in rural or urban communities, urging the participants to take the programme very serious, with a view to using experiences garnered for the development of the country in general, and their immediate environment in particular.

Earlier in his keynote address entitled, “The Role of Clean and Energy Efficient woodstoves in Achieving Rural Socio-Economic Development, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer  of ECN, Professor Jidere Bala announced that globally, more than 2.5 million people still biomass as fuel wood, wood waste and animal dung for cooking and heating.

In his own speech, the UNDP representative, Dr. Lamin Beyai said the main objective of the programme was to assist and empower the rural communities.