Renewable Energy Germane to Economic Development
For Nigeria to meet her energy needs and invariably aid her development, as well as ensure geometric increase of her economy, the use of Renewable Energy has been observed to be inevitable.
The observation was made, Monday, July 10, 2017, by the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Samuel Adejare, in his Keynote Address at the 51st Annual Conference of the Science Association of Nigeria (SAN), hosted by Covenant University, Ota. The Conference has, “Science: The Key to Renewable Energy, Green Environment, Empowerment and Sustainable Development,” as its theme.
Dr. Adejare who was represented by the Director of Research and Development, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Olorunwa Tijani, emphasised that renewable energy was in the forefront of development initiative and priority for many countries, including Nigeria. “Energy plays an important role in our daily living and there is no greater time for us as a nation to vigorously explore the opportunities that renewable energy (solar energy, wind power, biomass, geothermal energy, nuclear power and thermal energy) presents.
“With the use of renewable energy, Nigeria will not only meet her energy needs but will also invariably aid development and ensure the geometric increase in terms of the economy,” he stated.
He revealed the bold steps being taken by Lagos State Government towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal for the environment, which, he noted, would automatically improve the standard of life of its citizens.
The initiative, according to him, include residential and street waste collection and processing, secondary and tertiary drainage maintenance, provision of engineered sanitary landfill, street sweeping, highway management as well as marine waste collection.
Dr. Adejare called on the participants to work together to ensure a sustainable environment and brighter future, noting that there was no cause greater than shaping a world in which every life that enters it can look to a future of security, opportunity, dignity and where the environment was put in better shape for the next generation.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, while declaring the Conference open, charged the participants to free their minds to entertain destructive thoughts which would bring the desired change to the nation. “This conference must not end without coming out with some tangible things that can change the fortune of this nation as we have it today by the instrumentality of freeing our minds to entertain destructive thoughts,” he advised.
Professor Atayero noted that it was time in the history of the nation where positive changes are inevitable and thus must be generated. One of such changes, he said, was in the power/energy sector. Covenant University, he noted, was currently working on a number of projects on alternative energy sources, an area it ranked the best institution in wind power worldwide by Thomson Reuters.
He enjoined the participants to ensure that the outcome of the conference turn the woes hitherto associated with the nation’s energy sector into testimony.
In her welcome address, the President, Science Association of Nigeria (SAN), Professor M. Bakare-Odunola, FSAN, stated that in order to enjoy the renewable energy generated from the natural resources, the eco-system must be made friendly. This, she said, would be a source of empowerment for the people which would yield sustainable development.
The highlight of the event was the conferment of the Fellowship Awards of Science Association of Nigeria (FSAN) on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero and two other Fellows, for their contributions to the development of science and technology.