Nigeria needs alternative energy for development -Tambuwal

Solar panel array and wind turbines26 May 2014, Abuja – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, on Monday called on Nigeria to intensify the search for alternative energy to speed up the country’s development.

Tambuwal spoke in Abuja where he inaugurated some eco-friendly transport and alternative energy products.

At the event, Tambuwal inaugurated a rechargeable battery-‎powered motorcycle, a bicycle and solar energy sources.

A US-based firm, Bright Vue, introduced the products.

The bicycle can retain power for 200 kilometres, thereby making the use of pedals necessary.

The speaker said, “What I have learnt from the company’s Chief Executive Officer is that it’s clean energy, environment-friendly and very affordable.

“From the explanations he has offered, I believe we should have many more of these companies coming to Nigeria to address our search for energy.

“This will go a long way in supporting the efforts of the government in providing sustainable electricity to Nigerians.”

The President of the firm, Dr. Emmanuel Topson, said Nigeria stood to gain 8,000 direct job opportunities and another two million downstream jobs when the products were fully embraced by Nigerians.

He added, “We have already submitted a proposal to the Federal Government to deploy 10 recharge/refill stations in every local government area of the country.

“Apart from significantly improving rural energy access and improving the environment, this move will also provide at least 8,000 direct jobs in the recharge stations alone, another 200 jobs in the manufacturing plant, and an estimated two million jobs in downstream opportunities.”

The coordinator of the event and Chairman, House Committee on Drugs/Narcotics/Financial Crimes, Mr. Adams Jagaba, expressed his belief that alternative energy products could improve the lives of the people.

“This is an event I personally believe can change the course and lives of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“You are here to see the change that is coming to Nigeria from across the borders of the United States,” Jagaba added.


– The Punch

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