‘Why FG should adopt biogas tech to meet energy needs’
A United States of America-based Nigerian Environmental Expert, Dr. Felix Ukponu, has identified biogas technology as one of innovative means of solving the country’s renewable energy needs.
He said: “Small biogas plants will cut deeply into the embarrassingly low output of our national grid. It is a wonderful technology perfectly suited for our people and can reach the remotest part of our country”
Ukponu stated this when he led a delegation of top officials of Hermesmann LLC of USA on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in Abuja recently.
He argued, while the technology will solve the crisis in the country’s power sector, it would at the same time convert the mountains of wastes defacing our cities into electricity, as well as ensuring cleaner environment.
To him, biogas technology promotes waste to wealth, produce electricity, cooking gas, organic fertilizer, fuel for cars and create thousands of jobs and the Nigeria will be better for it.
Earlier, Dr. Onu told the visitors that energy is second on priority list of goals in the science and technology ministry, pledging support for any initiative that will bring a permanent solution to the power crisis in the country.
He said government was in the process of moving the economy from resource to knowledge base, adding that adequate energy is a requirement for this to succeed.
The science and technology minister therefore, urged stakeholders in the science and related technologies to evolve policies that will develop the nation’s human capital towards the sector.
His words: We cannot continue to depend on others. We must build capacity to produce many of the essential things we need. ”
Dr. Ukponu, who is President/Chief Executive Officer of Hermesmann LLC of USA, was accompanied on the visit to Science minister with Vice-President, Engr. Babatunde Jeje, Iya Ibrahim and Sunny Omo-Alasa Otuayele.