Researchers harp on alternative energy source

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Environmental researchers in Nigeria have reaffirmed the need for an alternative energy source in the country in order to control pollution and environmental degradation.
The researchers called for adequate funding, investment and research into alternative energy sources that would not degrade and pollute the environment but preserve it for future generations.
This call was the culmination of the 1st three-day Zonal Conference of the Association of Management and Social Science Researchers of Nigeria (AMSSRN).
The conference, held at the auditorium of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), was themed “Developing Nigeria’s Clean Energy Sources for Sustainable Economic Development: The Research Imperative to curb the threat of black soot in the Niger Delta region”.
In a keynote address, the first guest speaker, Professor Emmanuel Amaps Loveday Ibanichuka, who spoke on “Developing Nigeria’s Clean Energy Sources for Sustainable Economic Development: The Imperative of Adequate Funding of Research Institutions in Nigeria,” AMSSRN congratulated on the conference.
Describing the theme as appropriate and timely, due to the threat of soot in the region, he said “it is relevant and obligatory for all to strive to achieve economic goals by protecting, preserving and sustaining the environment for the health and survival of the occupants of the current space so that the ability of future generations to use the resources is not compromised.
“The soot in the region is a product of impure energy sources such as coal, oil, gas, industrial biofuels, the mega biomass hydroelectric dam, waste-to-energy incineration and nuclear energy, which has affected water, sanitation, good health and well-being of people.
“If nothing tangible is done to clean up the environment, the adverse effects will compromise the ability of those yet to be born to achieve their economic goals,” he said.
He described impure energy sources as non-renewable or dirty energy sources, noting that “oil and gas, which are fossil fuels, are the worst culprits of impure energy sources in the Nigerian space. “.
Nigeria, he observed, “is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in Africa due to the high level of flaring of gas operations by oil companies.
“Oil extraction, processing, transportation and use generate multiple environmental and social impacts, including the emission of significant amounts of climate-destabilizing carbon dioxide,” he said.
The accounting professor continued that although Nigeria cannot completely abandon fossil energy sources without developing alternatives, the country can consider the efficiency of using these sources without negative impact on the environment and the society.
He identified solar, wind, small hydro and tidal power as clean energy sources, adding that if properly harnessed, they would enhance security and eradicate poverty in the country.
The guest speaker called for adequate funding of research institutions to discover and harness clean energy sources for the sustainable economic development of the economy.
He also advised adopting a major energy policy intervention for an effective contribution to the sustainable economic, environmental and social development of Nigeria.
Previously, IAUE Vice-Chancellor Prof. Okechuku Onuchuku represented by Dean of Management Science Prof. Loveday Okere thanked AMSSRN for making IAUE its destination of choice and urged captains of industry to formulate policies based on research.
Professor Okere, who declared the conference open, also advised students to soak up the proper research culture.
Conference Chair and Director of Research and Development, Professor Kemka Humphrey Ogbonda described research as fundamental to teaching and community service, saying that without research there will be no innovations and of development.
In her welcome address, AMSSRN President Dr Uche Lucy Onyekwelu said that countries like Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and China categorized as Asian Tigers are rapidly taking over the world of economic and political leadership because they grant research and scholarship their necessary positions.
She affirmed that the AMSSRN celebrates its efforts to establish strategic collaborations in projecting research and scholarship in Nigeria and globally.
Dr. Onyekwelu expressed his gratitude to the IAUE VC for being a good host and to Dr. Yakie Ogon from the production company Agip Oil, the second guest speaker, who delivered his talk at the conference via zoom.
In a vote of thanks, the chairman of the local organizing committee, Dr. Israel Omesi, congratulated the AMSSRN for making the dream of the conference a reality.
He said the Association, which came into existence on March 24, 2021, was born out of a desire to bridge the gap between the education sector and industry to improve research and development.
Dr. Omesi, who spoke through the Vice Chairman of the AMSSRN District Luncheon Committee, Dr. Amaefula Leonard, urged future scholars to contribute their quota to make Nigeria great.
AMSSRN executive members had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Registrar, Mrs. Hope Keaniabarido Kue-Ikoro, who described the conference as a step in the right direction.
She affirmed the need to adapt research to solving societal needs and problems in addition to contributing to knowledge.
Kue-Ikoro expressed optimism that the momentum desired by the Association would be pushed very far until the need to conduct research different from what is currently practiced is achieved.

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