Renewable Energy: Nigeria govt set to launch waste-to-wealth technology

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu said the Ministry
will be flagging off ‘waste-to-wealth’ an initiative that will ensure that
energy (renewable energy) will be produced from waste in Calabar.

He made this statement while he was speaking with newsmen at the Ministry
of Science and Technology Headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

He also said the initiative will not be limited to Calabar as it will be
replicated in the other five geopolitical zone within
the Country.

Ogbonnaya said the world is moving towards renewable energy and he had
just returned from The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in
United Arab Emirate to make certain that Nigeria is not left out in
harnessing the potentials renewable energy has to offer.

He also said that Nigeria has been nominated as one of the four
Vice-Presidents of IRENA and he would make certain Nigeria will adopt the
policies and opportunities renewable energy will usher in.

He also said the adoption of renewable energy will ensure that pollution
caused by fossil fuel which has affected the climate all over the world
will be reduced.

Ogbonnaya also mentioned that the Federal Government is looking for ways
to effectively control and eradicate Tsetse fly in the Country to stop
them from affecting the productivity of livestock because the Government
is still dedicated to building ranches.

He said Government hopes to make ranches in Nigeria Tsetse fly free so
that livestock will be able to produce optimally.

The Minister said steps are being taken to completely control the surge of
Tsetse fly in Nigeria as he had just returned from a facility producing
10-15 million sterile male tsetse fly Ethiopia to ensure that livestock is
protected in the Country.

He said there is a facility in the Country that can produce sterile male
Tsetse fly but the Government is looking forward to increasing the
capacity of male sterile Tsetse fly it can produce so that it would be
able to match if not surpass the facility in Ethiopia.

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