Science and Technology minister, Professor Ita Okon Bassey has challenged stakeholders in Nigeria's energy sector to exploit renewable energy and energy conservation towards sustainable development.
He said with the growing global warming occasioned by fossil fuel use among others, it has become imperative to exploit and adopt the use of renewable energy to achieve energy security as well as meeting green house gas obligations.
Renewable energy is derived from sources that regenerate itself through natural process within a relative short time. They include solar, wind, biomass, hydro etc.
The minister spoke in Abuja at a forum on renewable energy organized by the Energy Commission of Nigeria.
He said: "Energy efficiency best practice is therefore suitable in driving sustainable development in line with the present administration's transformation agenda of increasing access to energy for economic empowerment as well mitigating climate change effect."
Speaking earlier, the Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria Prof Abubakar Sambo said, "if we love our children and our great grand children yet unborn, we must make renewable energy available for use."
According to him, apart from the high initial cost of starting up renewable energy projects, it provided a good means of energy mix for developmental purposes.
He identified lack of appropriate laws to support incentives, inadequate human and infrastructure capacity as some of the factors militating against robust renewable energy deployment in the country.
"There is need to have adequate plants in Nigeria for the production of large scale renewable energy in the country. There must be training and retraining of manpower," he said.