Environmental researchers in Nigeria have restated the need for alternative energy source in the country in order to check environmental pollution and degradation.
The researchers called for adequate funding, investment and research into alternative sources of energy that would not degrade and pollute the environment but preserve it for future generations.
This call formed the major highlight at a recent three-day 1st Zonal Conference of the Association of Management and Social Sciences Researchers of Nigeria (AMSSRN).
The conference, which took place at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) Auditorium, was themed “Developing Nigeria’s Clean Energy Sources for Sustainable Economic Development: The Imperative of Research in Curbing The Menace of Black Soot in The Niger Delta Region”.
In a keynote address, the first guest speaker, Prof Emmanuel Amaps Loveday Ibanichuka, who spoke on “Developing Nigeria’s Clean Energy Sources for Sustainable Economic Development: thte Imperative for Adequate Funding of Research-based Institutions in Nigeria”, commended AMSSRN for the conference.
Describing the theme as apt and timely, because of the menace of soot in the region, he said “it is pertinent and obligatory for all to strive to achieve economic goals by protecting, preserving and sustaining the environment for the good health and survival of occupants of the current space so that the capacity of future generations to utilize the resources will not be compromised.
“The soot in the region is a product of unclean energy sources such as coal, oil, gas, industrial agrofuels, biomass mega hydroelectric dam, waste to energy incineration and nuclear power, which has affected water, sanitation, good health and wellbeing of people.
“If nothing tangible is done to remediate the environment, the adverse effects will compromise the capacity of those yet unborn to achieve their economic goals”, he said.
He described the unclean energy sources as non-renewable or dirty energy sources, noting that “oil and gas, which are fossil fuel energy, are the worst culprit of unclean energy sources in the Nigerian space”.
Nigeria, he observed, “is one of the highest emitters of greenhouse gases in Africa due to the high level of flaring of gas operations by oil companies.
“Oil extractions, processing, transportation and utilization generate multiple environmental and social impacts, including the emission of significant quantities of climate destabilizing carbon dioxide”, he stated.
The Professor of Accounting, cintinued that although Nigeria cannot completely abandon fossil fuel energy sources without developing alternatives, the country can consider how efficient these sources can be utilized without negatively impacting the environment and society.
He identified solar, wind, small hydropower and tidal as clean energy sources, adding that if properly harnessed, it would enhance security and eradicate poverty in the country.
The guest speaker called for adequate funding of research-based institutions to discover and harness clean energy sources for sustainable economic development of the economy.
He also advised to adopt major energy policy intervention for impactful contribution to sustainable economic environmental and social development of Nigeria.
Earlier the Vice Chancellor of IAUE, Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, represented by the Dean, Management Sciences, Professor Loveday Okere, expressed appreciation to AMSSRN for making IAUE their choice destination and enjoined captains of industries to formulate policies based on research.
Professor Okere, who declared the conference open, also advised students to imbibe the culture of proper research.
The Chairman of the conference and Director, Research and Development, Professor Kemka Humphrey Ogbonda, described research as fundamental for teaching and community service, stating that without research, there will be no innovations and development.
In her welcome address, President of AMSSRN, Dr. Uche Lucy Onyekwelu, said countries like Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, and China categorised as Asian Tigers, are fastly taking over in the world of economic and political leadership because they accorded research and scholarship their necessary positions.
She affirmed that AMSSRN is celebrating its efforts at building strategic collaborations in projecting research and scholarship in Nigeria and the globe.
Dr Onyekwelu expressed gratitude to the VC of IAUE for being a good host and Dr. Yakie Ogon of the Agip Oil producing company, the second guest speaker, who delivered his lecture at the conference via zoom.
In a vote of thanks, the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, Dr Israel Omesi, congratulated AMSSRN for making the dream of the conference a reality.
He said the Association, which came into being on March 24th, 2021, was born out of the desire to bridge the gap between the educational sector and the industry for improved research and development.
Dr Omesi, who spoke through the Vice Chairman of AMSSRN District Lunch off Committee, Dr Amaefula Leonard, urged upcoming researchers to contribute their quota to make Nigeria great.
The Executive Members of AMSSRN had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Registrar, Mrs Hope Keaniabarido Kue-Ikoro, who described the conference as a step in the right direction.
She affirmed the need for research to be tailored towards solving societal needs and problems in addition to contributing to knowledge.
Kue-Ikoro expressed optimism that the desired drive by the Association would be taken very far until the need to carry out research differently from what is currently practiced is achieved.
Fubara/Ordu Ticket’ll Sustain Wike’s Legacies -Tobin
By: Wokoma Emmanuel
The Chairman, Okrika Local Government Council, Hon. Akuro Tobin, has expressed delight at the emergence of Dr. Ngozi Ordu as the running mate to the governorship flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amaopusenibo Siminialayi Fubara. He said that the joint ticket would guarantee the sustenance of the enviable legacies of Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration anchored on peace, security and good governance.
Thanking the governor for what he called his leadership role, which, he said, was instrumental to the peaceful conduct of the PDP primaries in the State, Hon. Tobin stated his conviction that guber aspirant is capable of continuing the development f the State.
“Fubara as a humble, peaceful, visionary and Godfearing man, will sustain the worthy legacies of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Dean of quality projects, who has done alot to entrench peace and good governance in Rivers State.
“As a technocrat, brilliant accountant, and dedicated party man, he will uphold the manifesto of the party and the policy thrust of the present administration, if elected Governor of Rivers State come 2023”, he said.
Recalling that Sim Fubara in his acceptance speech as the PDP governorship candidate promised to build on the achievements of the governor, the Council boss called on Rivers people to give him their support, saying “it’s what we owe not just to ourselves, but to our generations.
“Knowing that development is the bedrock of leadership, it’s only right that we give him the opportunity to continue in the development pace set by the Governor,” he urged.
Tobin expressed appreciation to Gov. Wike for his “effective leadership role and enhanced democratic process that gave level playing ground to all aspirants throughout the party primaries”.
NDE Trains 50 Goat Farmers In Rivers
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), has commenced a five-day training of 50 farmers on Small Stock Goat Production in Rivers State.
Inaugurating the training in Port Harcourt, Director-General, NDE, Mallam Nuhu Fikpo, who was represented by the Director, Rural Employment Promotion (REP), Mr Edem Duke, said the Federal Government was anxious to roll out more agricultural programmes to enhance food security in the country.
Noting that Rivers State was one of the 18 states that were chosen for the five-day training, Fikpo said the programme had an empowerment component, adding, “we are going to train 50 people, but will resettle those who are serious with the training.
“We believe that at the end of this programme, you will be able to take your destiny in your own hands and start a new life for your good and that of your environment.
“We have a model revolving loan seed. We are going to empower you through the model revolving where you will be given two goats, one male and one female.
“You will pay in kind by giving back a kid reproduced by the goats after three months which we will put together to settle other trainees that will be coming after you.
“We will also teach you how to know the types of breed to train, so that you will make choice of the breed you want after training,” he said.
Fikpo commended NDE in Rivers State for carrying the Federal and State Ministry of Agriculture along in its programmes.
Earlier in her speech, the Rivers State Coordinator of the directorate, Mrs Maureen Okeji, said, “agriculture has taken over the test of time globally as the world works seriously towards food security.”
Okeji urged the participants to focus on the training to enable them to benefit from the empowerment programme at the end.
Similarly, the representative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Sokari Christain, advised the beneficiaries to take the training seriously.
Christian warned the participants against selling the seeds that would be given to them at the end of the programme.
He assured them that the ministry would add the names of the genuine farmers who were participating in the programme in the compendium of farmers in the ministry.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Maurice Ogolo, said, “agriculture is a very good profitable business and cannot be over-emphasised.
“If we don’t embrace agriculture today, it will be very dangerous, because it has the capacity to employ high number of Nigerians.”
He stated that the state ministry of agriculture was desirous to collaborate with NDE.
Ariolu, Others Hail Wike’s Commitment Towards NIESV’s Success
Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council in Rivers State, Barrister George Ariolu, and several other prominent personalities in the area have commended the immediate past President of Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Chief Emma Okas Wike, for his dedication and commitment towards the success of NIESV over the last couple of years.
They made the commendation during the thanksgiving reception of the immediate past President of Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Chief Emma Okas Wike in Rumuepirikom.
He commended Okas Wike for his dedication and commitment towards the success of his tenure as president and for the successful hosting of the 52nd Annual Conference of NIESV, bringing to bear his knowledge and experience to transform the industry.
Ariolu also spoke at the thanksgiving service of Dame Chinyeru Agbara at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Choba in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
Chinyeru, who is the vice chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, organised the special thanksgiving to appreciate God for her investiture as a Knight of St. Mary, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Diobu, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
In his sermon, Rev. Canon Sola Ayesuwa, called on Christians to do what was right and acceptable in the sight of God.
He urged Christians to accept Jesus Christ as their saviour and live in peace with their neighbours.
According to him, Christians should make integrity their watchword at all times, and advised the congregation to always respect and regard those in authority.
He further enjoined them to be proactive and take responsibility while also being bold to confront evil.
Also speaking, Archdeacon/Vicar of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Choba,Dr S. T. Nbete, admonished the congregation to troop out en masses and register for their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), as they prepare to vote credible and competent leaders ahead of the 2023 general election.
He also prayed God to bless Dame Chinyeru Agbara as she journeys through her Knighthood.
Ariolu, during a visit to the residence of former Chairman of Rivers State Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Innocent Green Kinikanwo, who was also installed a Knight of St. Christopher alongside Dame Agbara, congratulated him on his investiture at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Diobu.
He further encouraged him to use the period of Knighthood for the benefit of the people.
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