Gregory University Hosts Renewable, Alternative Energy Conference



THE Chancellor/Proprietor of Gregory University Uturu (GUU), Abia State, Dr. Gregory Iyke Ibe, has appealed to all stakeholders to rise to Nigeria’s power and energy shortfalls, in a bid to proffer a lasting solution.

Ibe stated this at the fifth yearly international conference of Renewable and Alternative Energy Society of Nigeria (RAESON) with the theme: “Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development, held at the university.

He said Nigeria should not be far away from the discussions with the rest of the world in the area of finding and adopting alternative and renewable energy sources. He noted that about 174 countries across the world have adopted to use alternative and renewable energy sources and Nigeria should be part of it.

While delivering the keynote address, Director General of National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Umar Bindir called for the development of Nigeria’s diverse renewable energy sources potentials namely; solar, wind, tidal and geothermal, biomass, among others.

He decried that Nigeria’s electrical energy generation capacity remains at very low ebb of 4,000 megawatts despite about $20 billion dollars expended on the power sector in the last 16 years.

Bindir, who was represented by Dr. Ephraim Okejiri, the NOTAP Director of Technology Transfer Registration, suggested that renewable energy development should be pursued with a clear policy framework.

He listed research, funding, ownership concerns, the nature of the initiative’s economic and how to create a long-term manufacturing and service industry and others as issues to be addressed in the policy framework.

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