Nigeria to harness bioenergy potential for energy expansion says Energy Commission DG

Dr Mustapha Abdullahi, Director-General of Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) has said that Nigeria is set to harness its bioenergy potential to expand access to modern energy services.
Abdullahi said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, adding that Steering and Technical Committees of Nigeria Bioenergy Partnership (NBEP) had been inaugurated to key into the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) initiatives.
He said Nigeria stands to greatly benefit from its abundant bioenergy potentials which he noted had been underutilised over the years.
“The composition of the National GBEP Steering and Technical Committee is to formally and fully commence discussions on bioenergy with stakeholders.
“This will consequently open the frontiers and unlock the huge potentials of the bioenergy resources for the country which it stands to make  enormous benefits from.
“Modern bioenergy can provide multiple benefits, such as energy access and security, promoting rural economic development and increasing household income,” the commission’s DG said.
He added that the technology would also improve the living standard of rural community, mitigate climate change, and provide access to modern energy services among others.
Abdullahi said Nigeria’s biomass potentials could be directed into modern bioenergy, adding that a glance at the country’s biomass resources revealed its endowment in the area of enormous biomass energy potentials
“Such that we have 11 million hectares of forest and woodland municipal waste that has been quantified as 30 million tonnes per year.
“Animal waste amounting to 245 million assorted animals in 2001, energy crops and agricultural residues which give 72.5 million hectares.
“Nigeria therefore, has relatively
abundant bioenergy potentials which have been grossly underutilised and if adequately exploited, will make significant contributions to the nation’s energy mix and the economy,” the ECN DG stressed.
The statement quoted Jude Asogwa, the commission’s Director, Renewable Energy as saying that the committees were to initiate activities that would pave the way for the country to cut dependence on imported fossil fuels.
He added that the essence was to expand access to modern energy services and mitigate climate change.(

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