By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria(ERA/FoEN), says that transformation from fossil fuel to renewable energy economy is possible adopting the catch them young prototype.
Executive Director of ERA/FoEN, Uyi Ojo, while welcoming Niger Delta to a one day forum to train Niger Delta youths on entrepreneurship training on renewable energy business model, stated that the world suddenly has realised the much havoc that fossil fuel energy was causing to mother earth and moved on to renewable energy, adding that consequently related businesses including transportation are being designed to adopt the safer alternative.
He said that it was however regrettable that while established economies as existing in Europe and elsewhere are adopting renewable energy to power vehicles and other energy requiring facilities whereas Nigeria has outside few policy mention not embraced a holistic approach towards renewable energy.
Ojo disclosed that the Niger Delta youths are consequently mobilised away from vices such as cultism, drug abuse, human trafficking and illegal oil refining to fast track the campaign for renewable energy which he said would assume a democratic dimension as all are expected to have critical roles to fulfil in its actualisation.
Resource persons including Grant Manager, ERA/FoEN Renewable Energy Project, Eghosa Ogbebor, who spoke on the importance of Business Proficiency and Financial Resources For Growth, and Chief Executive Officer of Consistent Energy Nigeria, Segun Adaju, said the training is focused on inculcating the youths into global development and business of renewable energy.
The duo said that the attention on Niger Delta youths is to positively engage them in an environment highly degraded by oil and gas exploration, the major sources of green house gas.
The resource persons commended Federal Government for establishment of complete installation of solar energy at the Bayero University, Kano with 38,000 megawatts but asked that the enabling legislation should be put in place to mainstream investment and better organisation of the sector.