Nigerian hoteliers have been urged to collaborate with the government and other stakeholders towards promoting energy efficiency in the country.
This has become necessary in view of the significant role of energy in the nation’s economy.
Speaking at a one-day training workshop on energy efficiency organised for hotel owners by the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) in Abuja last week, the National Project Coordinator, UNDP Global Environmental Facility Mr Etiosa Uyigue stressed the need to save energy, the environment and the economy.
Mr. Uyigue noted that hoteliers were the highest consumers of electricity in the country and appealed for collaboration with other sectors to enhance the country’s energy sector.
Explaining the objective of the workshop, he said it was to enhance the capacity of hotel owners and their managers to imbibe energy efficiency culture, to reduce electricity consumption.
The programme, according to him, would also provide an overview of the UNDPGEF and Energy Efficiency programme in Nigeria as well as create public awareness on their programmes.
In his speech, the spokes-person of the Hotel owners forum, Abuja Mr. Oniofok-Effiong noted that the workshop would help the participants to cut down on the cost of energy consumption, adding that it would also result in saving 50 per cent production cost of hotelier.
He commended the government for its collaborative efforts at promoting the nation’s economic growth, adding “if we can reduce the cost of energy more room would be created for employment and the welfare of customers.
Earlier in a keynote address, the Director-General Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Prof. Abubakar Sambo had said that the commission would ensure that the challenges facing the hospitality sector were a thing of the past.
Professor Sambo disclosed that the mandate of ECN was to introduce to government new energy sources and pledged the commission’s support to further strengthen the growth of the sector.