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Fashola, Asiodu demand action plan on sustainable energy

Executive Governor of Lagos State, Raji Fashola SAN

Government has been urged to develop an action plan that will support energy generation and application to meet the needs of the citizenry without compromising future generations. At a walk organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Lagos State Government, supported by Chevron Nigeria Limited and other corporate institutions, Governor Babatunde Fashola said energy generation pattern over the decades has plced severe pressure on the environment.

Represented by his Special Adviser on the Environment, Mr Taofeek Folami, he said: “Energy is the golden tread that connects economic growth, increase social equity and create an environment that allows the world to thrive. Development is impossible without energy and sustainable development is impossible without sustainable energy.”

Speaking on the theme of the walk “Sustainable energy for all”, NCF President Chief Philip Asiodu said Nigeria must join the others to promote and adopt renewable and sustainable energy options that would help to mitigate the dire consequences of environmental degradation in addition to a bold re-afforestation programme.

He said: “Nigeria must join the rest of the world to promote and adopt renewable and sustainable energy options that will help to mitigate the dire consequences of environmental degradation, in addition, of course, to a very bold re-afforestation programme.”

He stated that recent study showed that Nigeria has huge solar energy and wind potentiial, biomass and other renewable sources. Fortunately, the cost of large-scale solar energy plants is becoming more competitive with improvements in technology.

Asiodu added that the message from the event was that, in whatever position we found ourselves, whether as a student, youth, home builder, bread winner, parent, government official or corporate executive, we must keep the environment in our subconscious and think renewable energy, to guarantee a robust, healthy and economically viable future for our children and the generations yet unborn.

The event was aimed at sensitising the public on the need to change attitudes that are inimical to the environment while promoting sustainable development in Nigeria. The Walk, which kicked off at the Lagos Government House, Marina, saw government officials, representatives of civil society groups, representatives of corporate organisations, students and members of the public in their hundreds walking with fanfare in and out of Marina, Lagos.

From: The Nation

Source:http://thenationonlineng.net/new/business/building-properties/fashola-asiodu-demand-action-plan-on-sustainable-energy/