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Ogun to boost power supply with alternative energy

Ogun State Governor

The Ogun State Government has stated its commitment to boost power supply in the state through the exploitation of the abundant resources through which alternative energy could be produced. It made this committment at the opening ceremony of a three-day alternative energy expo with the theme Alternative energy for increase capacity and sustainability.

The confab, which was organised by the Ogun State Government in collaboration with Mathesis Consulting Company (UK), held at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta. The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, identified efficient power supply as fundamental to the growth and development of the economy of any society.

He said Nigeria has a huge deficit in its power supply framework, which cannot sustain the demand for electricity in the country hence the need for an alternative means of energy supply. Amosun identified other means of energy supply to include solar, biomass, wind, waste to energy and other renewable sources of energy, which if embraced, could help in reducing Nigeria’s dependence on power generated through fossil fuels.

He said that Ogun State’s hosting of this year’s Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo is part of his administration’s commitment towards providing the enabling environment for economic development and improving the living standard of the people. As part of efforts of his administration to contribute to the socio-economic development of the state, Amosun said the distribution of 500 transformers of different rating has commenced across the state while a solar energy project is being executed at Asore Village aimed at increasing access to electricity in the rural areas.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Energy, Mr Taiwo Fagbemi, also said the expo among other things, is aimed at creating a platform for business people, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to brainstorms on policies on alternative energy solutions, climate change initiatives and technologies and also to examine the challenges and barriers hindering the achievement of renewable energy efficiency and conservation and proffer way forward.

He stressed the efforts of the state government in renewable energy including the energy workshop held early this year to train professionals in the energy sector and also the energy survey, which will commence in December to determine the energy requirement of each household, and local government.

Explaining reason for the state government, commitment to exploitation of alternative energy sources, Fagbemi said that energy is central to practically all aspects of sustainable development including access to water, agriculture and industrialisation productivity, healthcare, educational attainment, job creation and climate change, among others.

He said out of the 350-400 megawatts (MW) of power required to run Ogun State, only about 40-50MW is supplied from the national grid, which is seven times less than what it requires to operate efficiently and to serve its purpose of providing the essential needs of the people in the small, medium and large scale industries.

Some of the foreign exhibitors at the expo that declared their readiness to partner with the state in renewable energy include Anji Dasol Solar Energy (China), Agama Energy (South Africa) Black Lite Energy (South Africa), and Bam Equipment & Technology (France).

Source: NGB News

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