It was high time the country embraced renewable energy.
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Adesoji Adesina, says it may take 2,000 years for Nigeria to get steady electricity.
According to him, it was high time the country embraced renewable energy.
Adesina intervenes while delivering the Conference of the 2019 First Prize winners of the National Merit Award of Nigeria (NNMA) at the University of Lagos, Tuesday: “Examining the case of agro-based energy development.: A National Priority for Sustainable Economy”.
“It will take us nearly 2,000 years to get to where developed countries are; if we don’t change anything; if we just told our hands it will take us an unacceptably long time to get to where we want to be.
“So the present renewable policy we have must change,” The Nation quoted him as saying.
He said countries that were at the same level with Nigeria some decades ago had achieved much more because they abandoned fossil fuels for renewable energy.
The don cited Norway, which he said despite being an oil producing country,depends on renewable energy to meet its electricity demands.
Adesina has supported a diversion of fossil fuels and investments in biomass refineries that could meet energy needs without destroying the environment.
“The circular nature of agricultural resources makes it a veritable framework for sustainable energy development because of cyclic flow of material and energy,” he said.