A Solar Lantern
To ensure that no part of the Niger Delta is left in darkness, communities in the oil-rich region that are not currently covered with electricity powered from the national electricity grid will soon be energised with solar power.
Mr Nsima Ekwere, Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC has promised to bring light to every dark community in the region. The light he is envisaging is solar energy which will also be part of the commission support for green energy initiatives in communities in Nigeria.
Mr Ekere made this revelation when he played host to the Sustainable Energy Practitioners of Nigeria SEPAN, Federal Ministry of Environment and Asteven Group Dr Magnus Onuoha, who paid him a courtesy visit at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
SEPAN President, Dr Onuoha Presenting the trophy to Nsima Ekere
Speaking during the occasion Mr Ekere said the green energy sector has over the years attracted the patronage of the commission because of its immense positive and efficient impact. According to Ekere, “We believe that one of the ways of closing the gap between electricity distributors is to encourage green captives supply market”
Ekere assured that the NDDC was fully committed to the project and will deepen its collaboration with private sectors and organisations like the Green Global Economy Initiative in providing green power to rural communities in Nigeria and the Niger Delta in Particular.
Dr Onuoha, the facilitator of the Green Global Economy commended the NDDC for pioneering roles in low carbon resources efficient Nigerian Green Economy. He also lauded them for ensuring a 20% unconditional emission reduction as pledged by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He noted with joy the NDDC plan to distribute 90,000 small solar lanterns to tertiary institutions in the nine states of the Niger Delta at 10,000 per state with effect from January 2019.
The effect of the distribution of the solar lantern according to Dr Onouha is very significant as it will assist Nigeria to meet its target in achieving a 3.5 million metric tons of carbons which is canvassed by the federal ministry of environment.
Dr Onuoha used the occasion to present Ekere with the Green Global Champion Award which the Commission won at the recently concluded Global Climate Conference at Katowice, Poland for the contribution of NDDC to the development of the region.