Sustainable energy, key to Nigeria’s development – ECN DG

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 The Director General of Energy Commission of Nigeria, ECN, Prof. Eli Bala, said yesterday that the vision of President Goodluck Jonathan to transform Nigeria’s economy must be backed and supported by Sustainable Energy for All, SE4ALL, for it to achieve results.

Prof. Bala stated this during a one-day multi-sectoral development partners forum on Sustainable Energy for All, SE4AL, organised by the Energy Commission of Nigeria, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in Abuja.

He said the initiative of sustainable energy would make no sense, if not viewed within the context of development, hence the need to link it to the transformation agenda of the Federal Government.

He noted that nations worldwide were now pushing for sustainable development, which was driven by energy sources, technology and best practices that were sustainable.

He insisted that it must be used to back up the ongoing developmental policies of government to actualize the vision of the Federal Government to transform Nigeria into a major player in global economy.

It would be recalled that the United Nation Secretary General, Ban ki Moon in 2011, announced the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which was aimed at identifying and mobilizing action on the three interlinked objectives to be attained by 2030 to support development, and reduction of poverty.

Similarly, a Global Action Agenda was launched at the Rio+20 conference on Sustainable development, held in Brazil in June 2012.

This led to the launching of SE4ALL by the Chairman of UN-Energy and Director General of UNIDO, Dr. Kandeh Yumkell in the State House, Abuja  in August 2012.

According to the ECN boss, the commission has since its establishment, engaged several stakeholders in implementation of different policies aimed at ensuring smooth transition of Nigerian economy from traditional energy to sustainable energy regime.

He, however, enjoined participants at the workshop to look at the rapid assessment and gap analysis output for |Nigeria and chart a course forward for SE4ALL, by drawing from their wealth of experience and expertise.

Renewable energy refers to energy derived from a source, which can be replenished within a relatively short time or a source that has  the ability to continue providing energy with no long-term adverse effect to the environment, whereas energy efficiency is using less energy to provide same service.

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