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Experts in energy sector have called on the federal government to explore alternative source of power by using geothermal energy resources to generate electricity in the country.

They spoke at 2018 Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society and Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, NGSA, Discourse Series in Abuja, said the energy has not been tapped for economic development.

Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, noted that the government inherited low energy index in 2015,and has increased it to 7,000 megawatts, and still hopes to explore sources.

He explained that they are focusing on improving the nation’s energy, and not to depend on oil and gas; hydro plants for power, adding that 58 percent of Nigerians have any access to electricity.“Geothermal energy is not explored in the country, and we should borrow from other countries, which have embarked on alternative source of generating electricity. We stand to gain immensely from it.”

On his part, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, minister of state mines and steel development, expressed delight that scientists are discussing subject that would provide cheaper, cleaner and more electricity to Nigerians.He maintained that power sector deregulation has created room for diversification of energy mix away from hydropower to use of fossil fuels and other renewal sources such as geothermal for power.

Prof. Ibrahim Garba, Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, called on Nigerian scientists and engineers to come together to brainstorm on how to use geothermal energy for electricity.“We are still struggling on the issue, and scientists are ignorant of our geological terrains. We have not studied that heated water and high mineral deposits can cause earth tremor in Abuja.”

Alex Nwegbu, director general of Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, NGSA, said that they are embarking on National Geothermal Mapping exercise, including nationwide air borne electromagnetic data.

“The energy source would be added to nation’s energy mix and could be game changer in a quest to providing teeming rural dwellers with renewal source of power, which would kick start rural economies.”He added that up scaled geodata on carbonates would facilitate the necessary investment decisions for upsurge in setting up more cement factories as well as raw materials for pharmaceutical, paint industries.

“We recovered 26, 000 line kilometers of electromagnetic, EM, data, and also discovered more rich carbonate resources, and this would address the critical issues in Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan, NIRP,”he remarked.

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