On Monday, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of science and technology, stated that his ministry is conducting research into clean coal power plants that will enable the country to expand its energy resources.
Onu made the announcement at the national technical validation workshop on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), organised by the Energy Commission of Nigeria with support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
It is reported that the move for government to develop an interest in the use of coal power plants forms part of the SE4ALL Action Agenda for Nigeria.
The objectives of the SE4ALL are to ensure universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix as well as doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency for all by 2030.
Clean coal power plant to offer alternatives
Onu noted the importance for Nigeria to diversify its energy sources in order to have sufficient alternatives.
He said: “Achieving SE4ALL objectives require country-specific strategies and action plans across government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to support the mainstreaming of energy into the development process.
“The role of energy as a commodity for foreign exchange earnings and an instrument for growing other sub-sectors of the domestic economy, as well as an instrument for international politics cannot be over emphasised.”
SE4ALL timeframe running out
Also speaking at the same event, Muyiwa Odele, UNDP head of environment and sustainable development highlighted that the SE4ALL initiative is in line with the Nigerian government’s efforts to increasing access to electricity and other modern energy services for economic growth.
Odele also noted that the timeframe to achieve the objectives of the SE4ALL by 2030 is now less than 15 years, adding that: “the promotion of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency becomes an operative to meet the energy need of many Nigerians both in the rural and urban areas.”