Government at all levels has been called upon to develop an energy action that will support the sustainability of Nigerian energy generation and application.
There also the need for a sustainable energy that will meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
At the 2012 edition of “Walk for Nature” organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and the Lagos State Government supported by Chevron Nigeria Limited, MTN, Fidelity Bank, UPDC, Aluko and Oyebode, Standard Chartered Bank, Gossy Water and Nigerian Bottling Company on Saturday, October 13, 2012, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State said that Nigeria energy generation pattern over the decades had brought severe pressure on the environment, mother earth and nature.
Represented by his Special Adviser on the Environment, Mr. Taofeek Folami, Governor Babatunde Fashola said that “Energy is the golden tread that connects economic growth, increase social equity and create an environment that allows the world to thrive. Development is impossible without energy and sustainable development is impossible without sustainable energy”.
In his speech on the theme for the Walk “Sustainable Energy for All”, renowned economists and the President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Chief Philip Asiodu said that Nigeria must join the rest of the world to promote and adopt renewable and sustainable energy options that will help to mitigate the dire consequences of environmental degradation, in addition, of course, to a very bold re-afforestation programme.
“Nigeria must join the rest of the world to promote and adopt renewable and sustainable energy options that will help to mitigate the dire consequences of environmental degradation, in addition, of course, to a very bold re-afforestation programme. A recent study showed that Nigeria has huge solar energy potentialities. The country also has great potentials as regards wind, biomass and other renewable sources. Fortunately, the cost of large-scale solar energy plants is becoming more competitive with improvements in technology”.
Asiodu added that “the message from today’s Walk For Nature with the theme “Sustainable Energy For All” therefore is that, in whatever position we find ourselves, be it as a student, youth, home builder, bread winner, parent, government official or corporate executive, we must keep the environment in our subconscious and think renewable energy at all times, in order to guarantee a robust, healthy and economically viable future for our children and the generations yet unborn”.
With the theme “Sustainable Energy for All”, Walk for Nature was aimed at sensitizing the general public on the need to change attitudes that are inimical to the environment while promoting sustainable development in Nigeria. The Walk which kicked off at Lagos Government House, Marina saw government officials, representatives of civil society groups, representatives of corporate organizations, students and members of general public in their hundreds walking with fanfare through inner and outer Marina, Lagos.