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Engineers canvass strict regulations, funding for renewable energy

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President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Babagana Mohammed, has asked the Federal Government to initiate a regulatory framework and funding for renewable energy in the country.

Mohammed, who stated this at the 2021 Engineering Week and Investiture ceremony of the Eket chapter of NSE, also charged Nigerians to change their attitude and desist from wastage of power.

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He stressed that if the government put in place the necessary framework, adequate funding and create enabling environment, renewable energy will work in the country.

He, however, cautioned Nigerians against wasting power, stressing that it was costly to produce electrical power and as such electricity should be seen as joint ownership with collective responsibility rather than government’s property.

On quackery in the engineering sector, he said with the amended NSE Regulations Act, which empowers the body to prosecute anyone who commits engineering infractions, quackery would die a natural death in the system.

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Speaking on Reshaping The Nigerian Economy: The Paradigms Of Sustainable Green Energy Innovation And Development, Mohammed said Nigeria’s economy was long overdue for diversification, stressing that the government’s efforts in that direction needed to see more cohesive coordination and transparency, especially in the energy sector.

On his part, Chairman of NSE, Eket Branch, Paul Okon, said this year’s theme captured world green energy innovation and development, for which the country needed to re-strategise and position the country on the path of global carbon-free and green energy sources.

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