By Sebastine Obasi
Go Green Nigeria, Light up Nigeria, in association with the American bulb giant, Technical Consumer Products, TCP, is set to build West Africa’s first ever compact fluorescent lamp recycling plant in Nigeria.
The National Coordinator, Go Green Nigeria, Light Up Nigeria, Mr Wale Akande, said the recycling plant has been released to the country by TCP, adding that the plant will ensure that end of life and waste bulbs will no longer litter the Nigerian environment.
Akande stated this in Abuja, during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Go Green Nigeria and the Association of Illumination Professionals (AIP).
He explained that Go Green Nigeria is the partner of TCP, and the recycling plant would serve the purpose of taking care of the environmental impact of the energy conservation project it is implementing in Nigeria and West Africa, whereby 100 million energy efficient lamps shall be distributed to Nigerians.
According to Akande, the epoch making event, which took place at the headquarters of AIP, Abuja, was the first for both parties and also AIP’s first MoU with a private sector group.
He further explained that Go Green Nigeria sprang out of a research-based concept, designed to complement the Federal Government’s effort at ensuring sustainable electricity in Nigeria.
He said the project is a platform for individuals, families, communities, corporate organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and governments at all levels to take action at achieving the goal of power sector reform.
He said: “We are so excited about the progress to be made by this MoU document, which shall ensure that the Go Green Nigeria goals are achieved. This is why we are happy to be working with the Association of Illumination Professionals, a body of true professionals in the sector, who love to contribute to nation building with their technical savvy.
“The Go Green Nigeria project seeks to distribute 100 million energy efficient bulbs throughout the nation over a period of four years, so as to catalyze power conservation and energy efficiency culture. Through this, we hope to achieve stable electricity, poverty eradication, job creation, improved security and mitigating the effects of climate change.”
Also speaking, the President of AIP, Mr. Ajadi Abdulwahab, said Nigeria needs a regulatory framework to enable professionalism in the lighting sub-sector.
He said: “Most of the citizens misunderstood the issue of light. When you say lighting, they think only of electricity, without knowing that it goes beyond that. The truth is that even when there is no electricity, there is light and lighting. For example, there is day lighting, and our task as professionals, is to utilise them effectively for national development.
“We are happy to associate with Go Green Nigeria, Light Up Nigeria. The organisation is focused and is set to help the Nigerian power sector through energy efficiency and conservation. This is the first MoU we are signing with any of such private sector based body,” he added.
Go Green also signed agreement with the National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation and plans to sign more MoUs with federal, state and professional bodies such as the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), amongst others, before it will fully commence operations.