The association wants the diversification of Nigeria’s energy sources

By Sylvester Thompson

The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) says electricity problems can be solved if Nigeria’s energy sources in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors are diversified.

Elizabeth Sterigho, President of APWEN, made the revelation during a press briefing to announce the start of the association’s four-day conference in Abuja on Monday.

Sterigho said the government should also embrace new technologies available to reduce energy waste and cut costs.

She noted that the association is focusing on the issue as a player in the implementation of the federal government’s energy transition plan.

“The federal government’s plan announces new opportunities for solar energy companies to obtain results-based financing from the Universal Energy Facility.

APWEN members at Monday’s event.

“Therefore, as women engineers, justice on the theme will empower individuals, especially companies, to know how to integrate the transition plan,” she said.

According to her, this will make the most of Nigeria’s technology investments in providing modern and sustainable energy.

The President of APWEN revealed that the theme of their 2022 conference is: “JUST Energy Transition: An Enabler for Sustainable Development in Nigeria”.

“A JUST energy transition is a transition to a sustainable, low-carbon and equitable energy system that aims to improve people’s lives and preserve the environment,” she said.

Sterigho said access to clean and modern energy services was a huge challenge for the African continent, especially Nigeria, saying energy was fundamental for socio-economic development and poverty eradication.

She maintained that in Nigeria, the electricity sector had been in a coma for many years, coupled with the frequent collapse of the national grid.

She added that Nigeria’s energy source is non-renewable resulting in high carbon content and environmental pollution.

She underlined that the transition of the energy sector would require significant investments.

She said Nigeria should not be left behind as traditional fossil fuel exporting countries seek to take advantage of changing demand patterns brought about by the energy transition and decarbonize their economies.

The APWEN President said this may be why Nigeria has launched an energy transition plan, aimed at boosting investment in the development of energy projects in order to tackle growing energy poverty and d ensure sustainability.

“The plan calls for Nigeria to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all of its 200 million people by 2030.

“It would also help achieve net zero by 2060, through massive investment in oil, gas, solar power and other modern energy technologies, such as hydrocarbons and electric vehicles,” said she declared.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that APWEN is a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Olabisi Akinbode/Julius Toba-Jegede

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