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Forum Seeks Review of Energy Laws in Nigeria

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By Eric Ojo, Abuja

Participants at the just concluded 2019 Nigeria Alternative Energy (NAEE) Expo, have reiterated the need for regular reviews of extant legislation in the energy sector in order to prevent illegal activities and practices by quacks so as to ensure standardization in the renewable energy industry.

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Stakeholders at the year’s NAEE Expo which is the 9th edition of the event, also harped on the need for a unified data bank to ensure harmonization of policies and up to-date information on the renewable energy sector of the Nigeria economy.

The forum which was held in Abuja, therefore encouraged the various professional groups to maintain update website information for practitioners to access data on all aspects of energy generation, development and utilization of clean green pathways in the energy sector.

The participants also noted that practitioners in the sector are expected to observe corporate governance and transparency in order to attract accessible investment fund for renewable energy development.

The need for the actors in the renewable sector to collaborate to ensure equitable access to affordable funds and grants, was also emphasized at the conference.

Similarly, the forum agreed that all practitioners in the sector are expected to observe corporate governance and transparency in order to attract accessible investment fund for renewable energy development.

They equally acknowledged that professionals in the renewable energy sector will need to explore synergies and mutual collaboration, adding that renewable energy national advocacy groups comprising of industry stakeholders would need to interface with the relevant unit practitioners in liaison with government regulatory agencies in the sector.

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To make energy plans effective, the forum further recommended that practitioners will have to meet regularly to adopt operational modalities on the way forward using capacity building techniques by respective self-regulators such as Sustainable Energy Practitioner Association Nigeria (SEPAN), Council for Renewable Energy of Nigeria (CREN), the Nigerian Hydropower Association and Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN).

In relation to capacity building, the forum advocated the involvement of Women and Youths in the advancement of knowledge and skills development in the industry.

The forum also stressed the need to include a business session in the next NAEE 2020 Conference where experts from the financial, industry, academic and Key Economic actors will be represented.

At this year’s two-day event, a Leadership Talk was given by Dr. David Molapo, former Chairman of South African Airways, now the Global Chief Marketing Executive Officer of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and Dr. Magnus Chidi Onuoha, President of SEPAN, gave the background of the event from the onset.

Earlier, Mr. Chris Edeh, the Founder Chair of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo, welcomed the participants to the conference. The Keynote address was given by Dr. Bishir Gambo, Senior Special Assistant on Environment to the Deputy President of the Senate, who represented Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

Goodwill messages were also delivered by representatives of some local and international organizations. Such representatives include, the Deputy to the Head of the Regional Economic Department and Financial Counselor of the Embassy of France in Nigeria; Katrine Mulvad Thomsen, Team leader, Economic Co-operation and Energy of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and the ECOWAS.

Others are, Engr. Abubakar Sadqi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, a representative of the Governor of Niger State. He was accompanied by Dr. Mikala Zakari, Head of Department, Renewable Energy and a representative of the Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN).

In addition, an industry executive, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo, Managing Director, Asteven Solar Power Group and President of CREN also spoke factors on the constraints facing up-takers in renewable energy.

Mr. Hassan H. Hassan, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Alternative Energy Agency, Jigawa State who represented the State Governor, also delivered a goodwill message on behalf of the government and people of Jigawa State.


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