FG urged to use coal as en­ergy source

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

The Com­mit­tee on En­ergy yes­ter­day urged the federal govern­ment to ur­gently in­clude coal in the en­ergy mix of the coun­try in or­der to halt the in­tractable power cri­sis be­dev­il­ing the na­tion.

Chair­man of the com­mit­tee Rasheed Ladoja made the call yes­ter­day when the Min­is­ter of Mines and Steel De­vel­op­ment, Musa Mo­hammed Sada made a pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore the com­mit­tee.

Sada, who made a power point pre­sen­ta­tion, dis­closed that most de­vel­oped coun­tries, in­clud­ing China and South Africa sub­stan­tially de­pend on coal to fire their power sta­tions.

He noted that two coal mines, Okobo in Kogi State and Maiganga in Gombe State are func­tional and pro­duc­ing, stress­ing that govern­ment was mak­ing the nec­es­sary ef­fort to also in­crease do­mes­tic us­age of coal as al­ter­na­tive to fire­wood, thereby re­duc­ing de­for­esta­tion. Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee all agreed on the need to re­sus­ci­tate the near co­matose coal in­dus­try in the coun­try so as to kick start de­vel­op­ment that will ad­dress un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try.

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