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On the 22nd of March 2017, the Energy Information System Department (EIS) of the Energy Commission of Nigeria, ECN, organized a one day in-house seminar presentation on the National Energy Databank, a major project of the ECN. The event which held at the conference room was chaired by the Director, Engr J.O Ojosu.

Engr Ven. J.O. Ojosu, Director EIS Addressing Participants

The essence of the presentation was to enlighten staff on the progress made by the Department in its effort at setting up the databank which is of great importance to the Commission. It is code-named Nigeria National Energy Databank, NNEDB, a statutory function of the Commission.

A Section Showing Some Management Staff in Attendance
Some of the functions of the NEDB include:
  1. To serve as a useful and easily accessible repository of Energy related information for informed decision making, research,     analysis and business activities;
  2. To provide vital Energy and related statistics in comprehensive form, while also  covering information on all energy resources, technologies, institutions, expertise, commerce, laws, regulations and related socio-economic matters.
The Interface of the NNEDB

There were presentations from two resource persons in the department explaining the current status of the Energy Databank. The first presentation was by Mr Segun Ogunfowora, and the second by Mrs Farida Umar, both stating the current status of the Energy Databank.

Mr Segun Ogunfowora Making Presentation
Mrs Faridah Umar Making Presentation

According to the presenters, the Energy Commission of Nigeria in pursuance of its responsibility to ensure the establishment of the Nigerian National Energy Databank assigned a private firm, Web Solutions Limited Abuja, an Information Technology firm to develop the portal and databases, which includes a web-based system for storing, processing and retrieving energy information both in time series and spatial data, static and dynamic.

Cross Section of Participants

 The resource persons outlined challenges faced by the project including:

  1. Data inconsistency;
  2. Lack of skills to develop an interface for users to query, generate and carry out an in-depth analysis of data;
  3. Lack of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices that can be used to collect accurate data on locations, which would have make data easy to update and more relevant to the need of users;
  4. Lack of resources (fund, vehicles, software packages etc) to obtain data from source and to facilitate movement to follow up on data collection.

At the end of the workshop, the resource persons recommended the following:

  1. Staff training on Data Collection, Analysis, Reporting, Query as related to Energy Data;
  2. Tools such as the GPS application system need to be acquired to enhance accurate collection of data on energy related projects nationwide and their location data for mapping and visualization;
  3. There is need for adequate funding to move the project forward to overcome the stated challenges.
A Group Photograph of Main Organizers and Some Participants
The presentation came to a close after the vote of thanks and closing remarks by Mrs Zahira Aminu of same department.

© Media Unit, Director General’s Office


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