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.
Rivers Police Confirm Killing Of 2Baba
The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a wanted cult leader, Gift Okpara aka 2 Baba, who was declared the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of the Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division, Bako Angbashim, in September last year.
Angbashim was ambushed and captured in Odiemudie community in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State, by the cult gang members who dismembered his body and filmed it.
Since the death of the gallant corp, the command has been on Okpara’s trail, with constant land and air bombardments in the various hideouts of the Iceland cult leader, even as some of his lieutenants were reportedly gunned down.
But the spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement on Monday, said intelligence reports revealed that the wanted cultist was killed in a recent joint security raid in Idu-Ekpeye community, Ahoada West Local Government Area.
Irinke-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, also said a human skull, assorted rifles, explosives, and various charms amongst others were recovered during the last raids, in his new hideout which culminated in his death.
The statement read, “On February 17, 2024, at around 12:00hrs, 2Baba and his gang attacked Okogbe town and Odiokwu community in Ahoda West LGA, destroying pipelines.
“At 04:00hrs, operatives raided 2Baba’s new camp. Despite a fierce gun battle, 2Baba and his gang members escaped.
“However, at around 14:00hrs, intelligence confirmed 2Baba’s death after he lost consciousness and resuscitation attempts failed.
The police said efforts were in progress to retrieve the body of the suspected killer, while investigations into the Iceland cult’s activities in the region would continue.
“The Rivers State Police Command remains resolute in its duty to protect the lives and property of the citizens, and it will continue to employ all necessary resources and strategies to ensure a safe and secure environment for all,” it concluded.
The statement listed items recovered from the camp to include one AK47 rifle, one G3 rifle, one scorpion rifle, one double-barrelled locally made gun, and two locally made pistols.
Others were one cut-to-size double-barrelled gun, one bulletproof vest, 13 pieces of dynamites, five rounds of 9mm live ammunition, 10 army camouflages, 11 assorted charms, one human skull and one jack knife.
Meanwhile, there has been reported jubilation in the Ahoada area of the state following the killing of the infamous cult leader whom they said kept terrorising communities in the area and demanding various sums of money from households with severe negative threats for those who didn’t give in to his demands.
MOSIEND Hails Former NNPCL Executive Vice President
The foremost Niger Delta mass mobilisation organisation, the movement for the Survival Of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) has described Sir Adokiye Tombomieye as a detribalised leader and a philanthropist of uncommon degree in Niger Delta region MOSIEND also hailed the Niger Delta former Vice President, Upstream Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited NNPCL as he marks his 60th birthday in Port Harcourt.
President General, MOSIEND, Dr. Kennedy Tonjo West said the celebrant had touched the lives of thousands of youths across Nigeria.
Described as a great character, father, an influential and a peace maker, MOSIEND said Tombomieye had transformed the lives of thousands of youths across the country by empowering them positively and seeing them through their various careers and dreams.
MOSIEND in a statement signed by the National President prayed Almighty God to grant the celebrant more longevity on earth as he sojourns in all affairs of humanity on earth.
“On behalf of the leadership and teeming members of Movement for the Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), we join the host of heaven and millions of the global community in celebrating a man of great character and influence, a detribalised Nigerian, an enigma, peacemaker, trailblazer, leader par excellence, compassionate in his work, one with a large heart, philanthropist of unparalleled degree, father to countless many, man of inestimable value, a living legend, Sir Adokiye Tombomieye as he turns 60 today.
The statement also described the celebrant as a philanthropist and father to the less privileged Niger Delta youths and Nigerians at large.
Sir Adokiye Tombomieye who recently retired from the NNPCL getting to the zenith of his career as the Executive Vice President Upstream is one of the few Niger Delta illustrious son with vast connect , friends and associates as the length and breadth of the country. A silent achiever , an unsung hero of some sort. A pillar and a role model to young and upcoming leaders.
MOSIEND leader who described Sir Tombomieye as an Icon and a trailblazer noted that he had given hope to many hopeless youths of the region through his philanthropic ventures.
He noted that Sir Tombomieye’s immense contributions towards the socio economic and institutional advancement of the Niger Delta cannot be over-emphasised. “During his days in NNPCL even as he rose to the Executive President Upstream, NNPCL, he was more accessible than a local government chairman in the Niger Delta region. His office was wide open for everyone with one issue or the other in Abuja, and Adokiye was ready to hear everyone out, solving problems. He is a rare gem, Adokiye lived his life for others. Retired but not tired. Leaders in the region should emulate the sterling qualities of Tombomieye in order to attract development to the region,” he said.
As a leader, the Organization wishes him good health and long life in all his undertakings
The statement urged people of the region to supports and pray for him in all his endeavours as a true leader and a blessing to the region.
We wish him best of luck in his future endeavours.
N’Delta Youth Leaders Warn Against Sabotaging New NDDC
A conglomeration of youth leaders from the Niger Delta has warned those frustrating the new Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) “Project Hope” to have a rethink or face the wrath of the youths.
The youth leaders in a joint press conference in Port Harcourt, yesterday warned that any group or individuals who want to thwart the “Project Hope” scheme will be considered enemy of the Niger Delta.
Former Special Adviser to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Youth Matters, Ambassador Alfred Etule, said the current plight of Niger Deltans requires cogent plan that will lift the people out of poverty.
He explained that the new Managing Director of NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbunku, had conceived the Project Hope as path to empower the region and the people.
Ambassador Etule expressed regrets that since the project was conceived, some big wigs driven by selfish interests are working to frustrate it.
“That project was supposed to kick start by December last year, but uptil, now, this February, we have not seen anything,’’ he lamented.
The youth leaders said those who love to frustrate good plans and development of the Niger Delta have teamed up to see how they can kill the dream of the new NDDC management, but the youths will resist them.
On his part, Comrade Adokiye Muji-Tab revealed that some communities have donated land for the projects, as it is disheartening to hear of the delay to commence the scheme.
He said, “the NDDC has good intention, and for us, this is the first time they want to get it right. The projects cover the nine States of the Niger Delta. It is so sad that we still have people who want things to be done the old way.”
Comrade Muji-Tab urged all stakeholders and youths to stand up and defend their rights. “We stand by this project with this new idea and we are grateful to the Managing Director who initiated the idea,’’ he said.
Explaining the benefits of “Project Hope”, President of Niger Delta Youth Movement, Comrade Prince Boboye Peretu stated that it covers all areas of development including technical skills and physical infrastructure.
“ The vision is to empower the region and reduce the suffering and pains of the people. It is something that will transform the area since over the years we have not gotten development yet,” he revealed.
He added that the idea is to ensure each NDDC member state focus on area of strength like agriculture, youths development, skills and empowerment.
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