ECOWAS countries to harmonise renewable energy agenda

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COUNTRIES within the West African sub-region, having identified see the potential of renewable energy as complementary to conventional energy generation, are moving towards setting a common agenda in this regard.

This was part of the resolutions of West African participants who attended the United Nations Sustainable SE4ALL conference held in  New York.

Ministry of Power said in a statement in Abuja, that the conference had in attendance ministers of power from more than one hundred countries.

Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil was quoted to have said: " We met and agree to pursue a common agenda that will see our various countries working faster to implement renewable energy projects. This will build on the commitment of our respective Presidents who under the regional body have signed onto the renewable energy declaration".

Wakil added ministers from the ECOWAS sub-region met and resolved to push this common agenda in their respective countries in line with the resolution of the conference that countries all over the world should adopt a strategy that would fast track various initiatives on renewable energy.

"Governments across West Africa are working on a common renewable energy agenda, the focus being to fast track adoption and development of various forms of green energy in the sub region, to counter the growing demand for this sustainable energy form," Wakil said.

At the national levels, he said respective governments were doing many programmes in the renewable energy sector, adding that the new initiative was intended to create a regional framework to guide and propel faster action in the energy sector.

Wakil went on: "Each national delegation itemized various initiatives in the sector. For us in Nigeria, it is a priority sub-sector to which President Goodluck Jonathan is committed. We are fully in support of the regional agenda as green energy is the way the world is going now.

"We all agree on the need to speed up programmes in the sector and exchange ideas. We all accept the importance of green energy and its beneficial effect. More importantly, we all see the potential of renewable energy as complementary to conventional energy generation."

He explained that a follow up meeting will be held at regional level while expressing optimism that the initial discussions in New York will propel each national government to speed up work on the creation and implementation of renewable energy programmes.

SOURCE: The Guardian Nigeria, June 11th 2014: http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/business/165598-ecowas-countries-to-harmo...