By Laide Akinboade
ABUJA — The Feder-al Government, yesterday, said renewable energy was the key to enhance the development of national energy programme which was a key plan in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey, said this at the first annual Renewable Energy Day, organised by Ministry of Environment. He said renewable energy was imperative to the nation not only to tackle climate change challenges, but also to fulfil Nigerian’s aspiration of having sustainable energy.
According to Odey, “the Renewable Energy Programme, an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Environment, was established in May 2010 as part of our national efforts at tackling the challenges of climate change through voluntary emission reduction.
“Also, the programme is expected to integrate into others as a key component of the national development agenda, especially the national energy policy, which is a key policy of the present administration.”
He noted that “the primary purpose of the Renewable Energy Programme is to explore the available sources, technologies, economics, regulatory and policy challenges of renewable energy infrastructure development in Nigeria.”
Odey said the renewable energy day was, therefore, aimed at proactively engaging stakeholders in the energy sector to grow the energy sources and facilitate action towards provision of sustainable, clean environment-friendly energy system to combat the current energy shortage the nation is experiencing.
He stressed the need for the nation to explore the potentials in carbon market, bio-fuel, use of wind and solar energy.
“The Federal Ministry of Environment is currently working in collaboration with the states and private sector practitioners on the renewable aspect of power generation in Nigeria.
“This is also with the aim of deriving benefits through the carbon market structure of United Nations’ framework convention on climate change,” Odey said.
Minister of State, Power, Arch. Nuhu Somo Way, in his speech, said climate change had come to stay, adding that there was need for all hands to be on deck to tackle it.
Somo, who was represented by Engr. Peter Ewesor on the occasion, said “climate change phenomenon caused by depletion of the ozone layers, as a result of the emission of Green house Gases, is real.
“Thus, in order to address and mitigate the effect, the world is going Green with the deployment of climate-friendly technology. One of the green technologies being deployed worldwide is the use of renewable energy in the generation of electricity.
“While determined to harness all our abundant primary energy resources to get adequate power to drive our vision of becoming one of the 20 most developed economies of the world by 2020, we are seeking to use the most climate-friendly technologies to accomplish this.”