I was blown away by the following article, is simply absurd. See the article on 'climate change action' about the flaring of associated gas . If this gas was harnessed it could produce a vast amount of energy, nore than enough for the whole of Nigeria.
IAEA, Unesco, Others Back Nigeria's Nuclear Energy DriveVanguard
July 19, 2005
Posted to the web July 19, 2005
By Luka Binniyat
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations Educations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Embassies of Canada and the United States have proclaimed that the incorporation of power generation from nuclear and coal energy into the Nigeria's electric power generation is the most viable option to attaining a sufficient and sustainable power regime in Nigeria.
In a communiqué issued over the weekend from the just concluded Public Presentation and National Workshop on the National Energy Policy, which was attended by the afore mentioned, Dr. Nkong-Njock of the IAEA, stated that the shortage of the current energy generation for the present and future energy demand of Nigeria requires the establishment of cost effective and friendly environmental systems of energy production under which nuclear can play an important role.
Already, the IAEA has provided Nigeria with a Nuclear Reactor and a Tandem Accelerator last year, all in the quest to teach Nigeria the basic lesson of attaining nuclear energy generation.
Speaking at the occasion, Presidential Adviser on Petroleum and Energy, Dr. Edmund Daukoru said he was confident in the National Energy Policy as put together by the Energy Commission of Nigeria. He however, called for the promotion of alternative energy sources to enrich the nation"s energy profile
The communiqué, which was signed by the Director-General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Professor Abubakar Sambo also commended the Federal Government for the adoption of the National Energy Policy (NEP) and called on the Government to take necessary steps to ensure full implementation.
The Stakeholders strongly requested for the immediate commencement of work for the development of the National Energy Master Plan based on the NEP using appropriate due process mechanisms with the widest stakeholder participation in order to have an enduring energy policy focus for the country.
Power and Steel Minister, Liyel Imoke stated that the mere existence of the policy would not do magic unless its provisions are meticulously implemented.
Chairman of the forum, Professor (Senator) Iya Abubakar, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, drummed for the realization a concrete Energy Master plan and also expressed the stand of the National Assembly to the policy stating, that all energy sub sector policies must be subsumed in the current NEP.
In his overview of the NEP, the Director-General of ECN, Professor Abubakar Sambo called for the cooperation of the stakeholders to ensure orderly development of the policy, even as the Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Turner Isoun urged all participants to fully support the implementation of the NEP in all its ramifications.
(for my take on the most important climate change issues have a look at climate change action