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Nigerians advised to utilise renewable energy

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Nigerians have been advised to use research findings from universities on renewable energy to boost the nation’s economic growth. The advice was given by a Nigerian based in Finland, Livinus Onu, shortly after Babcock University and a Finland nongovernmental organisation (NGO), Connect, signed a memorandum of understanding on three key areas of sustainable development – renewable energy, health and agriculture.

Onu told Voice of Nigeria’s correspondent, Qasim Akinreti, that Nigeria must not miss the opportunity because energy has been a great set back to the economy. According to him, in Africa and Nigeria, energy supply has been a major challenge for household and industrial use.

“We decided that it is important to engage Nigeria in this opportunity.  Engaging both public and private university is a strategy aimed at balancing the experimental concept of the whole process to ensure that the goal of the project is achieved.”

Mr Onu pointed out that Nigeria had a comparative advantage in raw materials for renewable energy. Renewable energy is drawn from refuse heaps or dumps across the world as an alternative means of energy for both domestic and industrial use.  Under the memorandum of understating, Professor Dayo Alao of Babcock Consulting, Babcock University, said  Nigerian students would be given more opportunity to work on research in renewable energy with the support of the finish NGO.

He said that the research findings would be made available to Nigerians and the industries.  Babcock University, a private tertiary institution based in the south-west and Ebonyi state university owned by the Ebonyi state government in the south-east Nigeria were chosen going by their track record on industrial research.

Source: Voice of Nigeria