The Federal Government is planning to generate more power from coal to end the perennial power outage in the country.
This was disclosed yesterday, by Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu while flagging-off a 2-week Hands-On training for rural youths and women potters on design, fabrication and installation of locally-made metal and clay-based energy-efficient (Eco-Friendly) in Bwari area Council of the FCT, reports Vanguard.
The training was organised by the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Social Development Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Authority(FCTA).
The minister said the time had come for ECN to ensure that Nigeria played its roles and utilised efficiently renewable energy, saying the contribution of renewable energy mix in the country must improve.
Charging ECN to conduct more research to know how to use coal to generate power, because the nation‘s energy needs were very important, Dr. Onuemphasised that the country needed to be industrialised as Nigeria could no longer continue to be a consumer nation, hence, the reasons its economy must be diversified.
He said: “We need to produce and we cannot continue to depend on the few sources of energy. Energy Commission of Nigeria will play a very important role to make sure that as a nation, we are able to meet our energy requirement that will be enough. I know the Energy Commission of Nigeria will take it seriously and how best they can help us.”
He reaffirmed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to move Nigerians out of poverty, saying the APC administration believed Nigerians were in a position to do things that would be friendly to the environment.
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