The Federal government is working towards deploying renewable energy technology to assist Nigeria in the diversification process of the nation’s economy.
Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, revealed this when he received members of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics in his office in Abuja yesterday.
According to the Minister, priority would be given to the energy sector to explore the natural resources Nigeria is endowed with through research and innovative processes that will add value in building national development.
He said that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is contributing immensely in research and developmental work in order to build up renewable energy in Nigeria in areas such as solar energy, wind energy, bio energy and small hydro power plants.
Onu further stated that the Energy Commission is a focal agency under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology would help in generating renewable energy for the nation.
The Ministry he said is playing an important role in this regard and assured that it will do everything humanly possible to ensure that energy is not only affordable but also accessible for rural communities in Nigeria.
The Minister said that the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is designing stoves and coal as well as pallets and compressing biomass with a view to improving the life of rural communities
He further stated that, the Ministry, in conjunction with agencies such as National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) as well as the National Space Research and Development Council (NARDA) are utilizing the renewable energy to increase the energy contents and add value to the huge resources we have in the energy sector.
Dr Onu asserted that in order to have the appropriate energy mix in Nigeria, which will be crucial to aid the diversification process of the federal government, the ministry is working assiduously to ensure the harnessing and utilizing of natural resources efficiently to bring the country out of recession.
He affirmed that ministry of Science and Technology is well positioned to take the lead in the diversification process of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
He promised Nigerians that the Ministry will provide the necessary technological and scientific backups to protect palm oil pipelines since Nigeria will soon be engaged in the production and exportation of palm products in the country in the near future.
In his opening remarks, Professor Wumi Iledare, President of the association, informed the minister that the association has been working in collaboration with Energy Commission an agency under its purview, to determine technology for energy mix required in Nigeria.
He further, intimated him of their upcoming 10th anniversary programme coming up in March 25th 2017, with a view to discussing the interplay of energy, economy, environment, affordability, adaptability, sustainability, and security of energy resources in Nigeria for national development.