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Osinbajo seeks technology solutions for oil spill areas


Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has urged the Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre to develop technology solutions for oil spillage prone areas in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the centre situated at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Lagos Business School on Friday, the Vice Presisent said innovation was required to deliver clean energy in areas affected by oil pollution, especially in Niger Delta.

In addition, he challenged the NCIC team to come up with innovation in smart cooking equipment that could utilise Liquified Petroleum Gas efficiently.

The Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre is a public-private partnership initiative of the Federal Government, the World Bank Group and the Pan-Atlantic University.

The centre provides holistic country-driven support to accelerate the development, deployment and transfer of locally relevant climate and clean energy technologies.

The vice president asked experts in the centre to develop, deploy and transfer locally relevant climate technologies to address climate change challenges.

Acknowledging the challenge posed by the climate change and the need for the adoption of an innovative approach, the Osinbajo said, “The task of advancing climate action is a crucial one, especially for Nigeria.”

He also said, “The pressure for livelihoods and food for a huge population will put tremendous pressure on natural resources and the implications for climate change will be dire indeed. The creation of an enabling environment for climate-smart businesses to thrive is simply the only way to go.”

“I have personally visited several start-ups, technology hubs and innovation spaces around the country, and what I have seen is that phenomenon of the incredible innovativeness, creativity and drive of Nigerians constantly developing and deploying solutions in many sectors: agriculture, health, transport, security, climate action, and many more locally relevant climate technologies,’’ the Vice President added.

Speaking further about the relevance of technology innovation in resolving climate-related issues, Osinbajo said “One of the key sectors where there is potential for high impact interventions by green technologies is the off-grid solar sector.”

He said that the Solar Home Project and the Energising Economies Initiative were some of the private sector-driven efforts targeted at providing off-grid power to homes, markets and economic clusters across the country.

Osinbajo stated that “so far, 13,000 shops at the Sabon-Gari Market in Kano are currently being powered through high-capacity stand-alone solar systems with more to come on stream soon at the Ariaria Market in Aba, Sura Market in Lagos, and other markets in Oyo, Edo and Ondo states.”

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