Daily Trust (Abuja)

20 February 2013

Nigeria: Dam Expert Tasks FG On Renewable Energy

The President, Nigeria Committee on Large Dams Mr. Imo Ekpo has called on the federal government to utilise renewable energy potential of the country to boost electricity.

Ekpo listed the renewable energy sources available in the country to include hydropower, animal residue, animal waste, crop residue and wind as well as solar radiation.

The committee president stressed the need for Nigeria to develop its hydropower potential and other renewable energy sources to address the erratic power supply in the country.

According to him, Nigeria needs to take drastic actions that will ensure reliable and sustainable power supply.

He said: "People are ready to pay for all; water, light and whatever if only the services are being provided. "Although, I am aware of some roads having light from solar, it is not good enough because the energy from solar is relatively small but most of our hospitals and schools which are not like big industrial projects, can have power through alternative sources of energy.'"

Ekpo that the committee had scheduled to hold some activities to advise the federal government on dams operations and management.

He also said the committee would carry out some sensitisation programmes to inform Nigerians on measures to prevent the recurrence of flood.

"We also are going to reach out to the state governments and other stakeholders that have challenges in the maintenance, planning and operation of their dams.

"Why we have planned that is because the issue of flooding and global Climate change has become so apparent that the voice of NICOLD must be heard louder than before.

"That is the actual role we are supposed to play; in guiding the government where government is supposed to be --- the issue of flooding, capacity building, maintenance of our existing dam infrastructure and the issue of letting people know that they should not block drainage.

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