Port Harcourt — As the world moves away from fossil fuels to renewal and cleaner energy sources, the Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre has urged oil companies and the government to provide solar power to communities, instead of diesel generators.
The Executive Director of YEAC, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface, maintained that the transition from fossil fuels to a cleaner energy was possible in Nigeria, if the process of implementation and transition are embraced by policy makers.
Fyneface speaking on Just Energy Transition and the Nigerian Economy during a live radio interview, called on the government, companies, stakeholders, artisanal refiners and every Nigerian to tap into the transition move to cleaner energy.
He explained that the government embracing solar energy to power government facilities will go a long way for improving the environment, especially the menace of black soot and excessive carbon emissions.
“Companies who donate generator to communities as their cooperate social responsibility, can provide solar systems instead of diesel plants that will add to the already polluted environment.
“During the refueling process and servicing, diesel spills, all these lead to continuous spillages into the soil.
“Same for the government, the government can decide to supply our streetlights with solar energy instead of powering them with diesel generators.
“When we gradually move towards cleaner energy sources it will reduce the excessive demand for diesel to power companies, houses, and businesses.”
The Environmental Justice Advocate, however, said though solar panels and batteries were not cheap; solar power was preferable due to the peace of mind and less hassle of maintenance it comes with.
“Nations of the world are transitioning to greener, cleaner energy; Nigeria can do same.”
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