Nigeria needs structure in its national energy policy

Aug 05, 1999 02:00 AM

Nigerian energy and environment experts have criticised the government for not pursuing a national energy policy despite having a comprehensive blueprint prepared for them six years ago.
The draft of what was to be the country's pioneer energy policy was first presented to the Federal Government in 1993. It was then reviewed by an inter-ministerial committee and resubmitted to government in 1997. But it is yet to be formally adopted.
According to a report the Nigerian Guardian daily, Energy Commission of Nigeria Director-General Prof. I.H. Umar told a meeting of experts in the energy and environment sectors that it is the promulgation of a final definitive document that will provide the basis for sustainable development in Nigeria.
The paper also quoted the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Raphael Adewoye, who warned the absence of sound energy policies backed up by sound strategies for their implementation would expose the country to severe environmental damages.
With petroleum and gas as the primary energy source in the country, these experts say that a great deal more organisation is required.

Source: IINX via Iinoil
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