The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has called on the federal, state and local governments in Nigeria to ban the use of generator sets in their ministries, departments and agencies (MDA).
It said with the emergence of a new form of energy colonialism, Nigeria and the entire African continent have become a dumping ground for fake and substandard alternative energy products from the developed world.
ERA/FoEN Executive Director, Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo spoke in Port Harcourt yesterday during the opening ceremony of the 2018 National Environmental Congress (NEC) with the theme; “Post-Extractivism: Energy Democracy for National Development.”
Ojo said: “While we have been consistent in advocating that Africa and Nigeria join the renewable energy revolution sweeping across the globe, we cannot over look the fact that a new form of energy colonialism seems to have emerged.
“Nigeria and less industrialized countries stand the risk of energy colonialism if renewable technologies remain the exclusive reserve for industrialized nations. Indeed, Nigeria and the entire African continent have become a dumping ground for fake and substandard alternative energy products from the developed world.
“At the policy level, our energy policies are still deficient, lack focus and devoid of community perspective. They have instead, opened opportunities for private investors in energy systems who are more interested in profits than actually bridging energy deficits.
“Persistence in fossil fuel dependency is the result of billions of Naira expended for generator and diesel for ministries, departments and agencies at the federal level, which is replicated at the state and local levels of governance.
“To reiterate, energy colonialism should not lead to the dumping of petrol and diesel engines and cars from industrialized nations to Africa in the name of providing development aid and energy for the poor. We call for a ban on generator sets in all the MDAs at the federal, state and local government levels.”
On his keynote lecture, an Associate Professor of Political Science, Lagos State University, Dr. Sylvester Odion Akhaine, said there is the need for Nigerian government to put in place an Energy Act for the articulation of the intentions and goals of Nigerians in order to provide the overall legal framework for the well being of the people.