COMMUNIQUE OF THE 2ND SUMMIT ON ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, 2012, Held at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 19th â€“ 20th March 2012
The 2-day Summit on Energy and Sustainable Economic Growth with theme UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All (2012) â€“ Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development (EISD) was organised by the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN). It was held at Ladi Kwali Hall Abuja Sheraton Hotel & Towers from 19thâ€“ 20thMarch, 2012. Participants were drawn from the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), States and Local Governments, Academic Institutions, Financial Institutions, Civil Society Organizations, Legal experts, Artesanal Organizations, International Organisations, Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Private Sector, Professional bodies and the Media. About 257 participants attended the Summit which featured an Opening Ceremony and five Technical Sessions.
The Opening Ceremony of the Workshop was chaired by the Hon. Minister of Science and Technology Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa. The Keynote Address titled â€śUse of Energy Indicators for Sustainable Developmentâ€ť was delivered by Prof. A. S. Sambo, Director General/CEO of ECN. The Hon. Minister of National Planning Commission, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, ably represented by S.A. Ileuma delivered a Goodwill Message. Dr. Jason Yapp Hui Hong, the International Technical Adviser of UNDP-GEF, H.E Anna Candida-Perez the Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, and Mr. Ememem C. Patrick of Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria (ECAN) also gave Goodwill Messages. The Hon. Minister of Science and Technology launched the first edition of the Journal of Energy Policy, Research and Development (JEPRD) published by the Energy Commission of Nigeria and declared the Summit open.Â Engr. J. O. Ojosu Director Energy Planning and Analysis Department of ECN gave the Vote of Thanks.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion include, Engr. Goni Sheikh, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Sam Amadi, the Executive Chairman of NERC, Engr. Aminu Jalal, DG National Automotive Council, Prof. T. Bamitale Omole, V.C., OAU Ile Ife, Honourable Commissioners of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Kwara States, Prof. G.A. Chukwu, Representative of President of African University of Technology, Abuja, Engr. Abayomi Adebisi, Representing Federal Ministry of Power, Prof. B. F. Sule, Director NCHRD, Ilorin, Prof. B.G. Danshehu, Director SERC, Sokoto, Dr. M. B. Abubakar, Director NCPRD, Bauchi, Dr. P. E. Ugwuoke, Director NCERD, Nsukka, Prof. L. I. Ezemonye, Director NCEE, Benin, Â Dr. B. B. M. Dewu, Director NCERT, Zaria, Prof. G. O. Oshinkolu, Director NCERD, Ile-Ife, the German Embassy Abuja represented by Ms Sophia Armanski, Dr. Patrick S. A. Irabor, representative of DG/CEO FIIRO, Mr. Atsegwasi Godwin I., representative of DG/CEO NASREA, Prof. S. A. Enibe, Representative V.C. UNN, Nsukka, Dr. Joshua Umeh, Representative of DG PRODA, Engr Funso Adebayo , Representative of Engr. M. B. Shehu, President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr. M. O. Salami, representative of Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr. Wole Adamolekun, representative of Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Lawal S. Mohammed, S.A Energy Matters Representing Kwara State, Usman Pateh, Director Renewable Energy, Ministry of Science & Technology Kaduna State, Engr. Rufai A. Bello of the FCT water board.
The Summit also featured exhibition of renewable and energy efficiency devices and energy information materials. Â
The specific objectives of the Summit were:
- Â To find solutions to the challenges facing the Nigeriaâ€™s energy sector with a view to promoting energy indicators for sustainable development (EISD);
- To review the energy system and policy in Nigeria and summarize current status, issues and trends;
- To review the energy and environment data capability of Nigeria and determine its strengths and weaknesses, and extent to which EISD package could be incorporated;
- To select a number of energy related priority issues in Nigeria for assessment with EISD;
- To assess the effectiveness of existing policies in achieving specific goals that can move the country towards a more sustainable energy future;
- To generate ideas that will help steer the development of the Nigerian energy sector on path of sustainability
The Summit observed that:
- Â The provision of adequate, affordable, accessible and reliable energy is essential for a sustainable economic growth;
- There is inadequate information on different energy resources in Nigeria for power generation;
- There is slow and inconsistent implementation of reforms in the energy sector;
- There is high initial investment costs of sustainable energy supply systems;
- There is lack of legal instrument that supports introduction and development of new sustainable energy supply;
- There is inadequate support for R & D and manpower capacity building on different energy technologies in Nigeria;
- There is absence of local manufacturers of simple components required for maintenance of our plants;
- There is generally low level of awareness of RE and other related projects that could attract carbon credits and promote low carbon economy;
- There is weak ability to pay for economic electricity tariff;
- In spite of expanding policies to foster climate change, most energy policies favour conventional energies;
- There is high technical and commercial loses in the production and end use of energy;
- There is dearth of comprehensive energy data to conduct energy policy analysis;
- There is high failure and fatality rates in the Nigerian electricity sector.
With regard to the observations made by the Summitâ€™s participants, the following recommendations were made:
- There should be more information dissemination on the energy sector in order to attract investors;
- New energy infrastructure should be put in place in the country at a faster rate to ensure sustainable energy supply and the deployment of renewable energy technologies (RETs) & promotion of energy efficiency will help to mitigate climate change and enhance energy security;
- There should be more incentives for investments in all energy technologies and other renewable energy technologies in the country;
- The on-going reforms in the oil, gas and power sub-sectors of the country should be pursued vigorously;Â
- There is need for the establishment of performance standards and greenhouse gases emissions baseline for major activities and emission sources;
- There is need to establish an appropriate pricing regime that supports financial viability in the energy sector;
- There is need for the improvement of fiscal discipline and sovereign credit rating to attract long term funds especially foreign direct investment for infrastructure development of the energy sector;
- Government should embark on an intensive manpower development to achieve the critical mass of professionals for the development of the energy sector;
- There is need for the institutionalization of the National Energy Policy and the National Energy Master Plan through an act of the National Assembly to ensure policy consistency in the energy sector;
- The ECN should vigorously pursue the commercialization of the various renewable energy devices already developed by its energy research centres; Â
- Government should encourage local production of electrical devices to enhance energy security in Nigeria.
- ECN should improve the collection, collation and dissemination of energy data;
- ECN should encourage the National Assembly to pass the NEM and NEP;
- ECN should ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the previous summits.
Participants at the Summit commended the Energy Commission of Nigeria for organizing the event and enjoined the ECN to ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the Summit.
Prof. A. S. Sambo, OON, NPOM
Director General/ CEO,
Energy Commission of Nigeria.
20th March 2012