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Why Nigeria’s quest for sustainable energy may come to nought – Expert

The European Union announced recently that all power plant based on black oil would be faced out as from 2010. Currently Nigeria is grappling to…

The European Union announced recently that all power plant based on black oil would be faced out as from 2010.

Currently Nigeria is grappling to achieve 6000 megawatts of electricity by 2010 from the present less than 3,000 megawatts.

Umoru observed that with recent shift in foreign policy and investment options in economies Nigeria’s hydro energy option might soon be faced out and replaced with newer green energy compliant technologies, thus if Nigeria did not shift focus, the new policy abroad would have far reaching implications as spare parts would no longer be available for Nigeria’s hydro and thermal plants.

Based on this paradigm shift he explained in the paper entitled “National development policy options for Nigeria in this millennium” that, the new thinking and orientation of donor countries in the matter of “Energy” (power) in the new millennium, is green energy to save the world from pollution.”

According to Umoru, “This poses a serious challenge to the reliance on Hydro, Thermal, and Gas sources of power, because very soon the conventional generator used to propel turbines etc, and their spare parts will be very difficult to obtain.”

He  added, “The climate change is already causing lakes and seas to dry up. Our Kainji and Shiroro dams that depend on our rivers would be no exception. All this means that a country that relies on Hydro, and Thermal will have difficulty in getting donor countries support for power generation projects.”

He advised Nigeria planners to heed the call made recently by the Minister of Energy (Power) for a comprehensive master plan for sources of power supply to sustain Nigerian economy.