Again, FG moves to boost en­ergy for eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

Nige­ria is work­ing as­sid­u­ously to en­sure en­ergy ef­fi­ciency so as to achieve gen­uine eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion.

The Min­is­ter of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Dr. Og­bon­naya Onu, dis­closed this when he re­ceived the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional En­ergy Char­ter , Dr. Ur­ban Rus­nak, in his of­fice in Abuja, yes­ter­day.

Dr. Onu said en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and suf­fi­ciency are es­sen­tial to achiev­ing knowl­edge and in­no­va­tion-driven econ­omy, adding that sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment must also be fac­tored in the en­ergy mix.

The min­istry, through its paras­tatals, like En­ergy Com­mis­sion of Nige­ria (ECN), Na­tional Agency for Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing In­fras­truc­ture (NASENI), etc is also work­ing to pro­mote re­new­able en­ergy in the ru­ral ar­eas, he added.

Dr. Onu noted that Nige­ria, given its ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion is well-placed to ex­plore so­lar en­ergy to de­velop ru­ral ar­eas and pro­vide value to prod­ucts in the coun­try.

He promised that Nige­ria will con­tinue to work with the In­ter­na­tional En­ergy Char­ter to fur­ther de­velop the coun­try’s en­ergy sec­tor.

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