Improved energy management can boost economic growth – ECN

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The Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) on Wednesday said the economy of Nigeria would improve if energy was well managed and wastage prevented.

Prof. Eli Bala, the Director-General of the Commission, said  this in Osogbo, Osun State, at a two-day workshop organised by ECN in conjunction with Osun State University and Mwayi Investment Ltd.

Bala, who was represented by the commission’s Director, Energy Planning, Mr Joseph Olayande, was speaking on the theme: “The Challenges of Energy Planning for Ensuring Enhanced National Energy Supply’’.

He said the best way to improve economy of Nigeria was to ensure effective energy, adding that Nigeria was wasting many of its resources.

“The purpose of the workshop is to introduce and sensitise the state, local governments and the academia about energy planning activities and to anticipate energy challenges.

“As population is growing, our demand is increasing. The participants will learn how to introduce energy efficiency and observation in their planning so that we can use effectively and efficiently what we have without wasting energy.

“We discover that we usually complain that we don’t have enough, but we are wasting part of what we are producing.

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“We are going to have a better energy system if we use what we have efficiently, and that will enhance the economy of the country.’’

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Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of UNIOSUN, Prof. Labode Popoola, said technology was taking over the world as many developed countries were now leading with technology.

Popoola, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics of UNIOSUN, Prof. Clement Adebooye, spoke on the theme: “Promotion of Energy Planning Tools (MAED, Message and NECAL 2050) for Capacity Building in Energy Planning in Osun State’’.

He said the university would be better off with collaboration and partnership with ECN, especially as the university now produces graduates in electrical electronic engineering and physics with electronic.

“Energy improves the livelihood of the people. The difference between the developed and developing countries is technology.

“Ability to transform knowledge into manifestation is the only thing that can promote the society,” he said.