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cesel independence.jpg 09 Oct, 2023


Ladies and gentlemen, 

I join over 200 million Nigerians today on the occasion of Nigeria`s 63rd Independence Day celebration.

On a day like this, it is important to address the crucial role that both the government and the people must play in ensuring sustainable energy for our great nation. Moreover, I would like to emphasize the importance of renewable energy in securing a prosperous and a green future for Nigeria.

First and foremost, I commend the Nigerian government for their efforts in recognizing the significance of sustainable energy. However, I urge the government to prioritize renewable energy initiatives and create an enabling environment for its growth. This includes implementing favorable policies, providing incentives for renewable energy investments, and fostering collaboration with both local and international stakeholders.

Furthermore, it is imperative for the government to increase funding in research and development of renewable energy technologies. By supporting innovation in this sector, we can unlock the potential of clean energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal, which are abundant in our country. These technologies not only reduce our carbon footprint but also create job opportunities and promote economic growth.

On the other hand, the people of Nigeria have a significant role to play in the transition to renewable energy. We must embrace energy efficiency practices in our homes, offices, and industries. Simple steps like using energy-saving appliances, adopting efficient lighting systems, and optimizing energy consumption can make a substantial difference. Additionally, we should actively seek out renewable energy solutions for our electricity needs, such as installing rooftop solar panels or supporting community-based renewable energy projects.

By collectively taking these actions, we can achieve multiple benefits.
Firstly, renewable energy sources are sustainable, ensuring a continuous and reliable power supply for all Nigerians. This will contribute to reducing the frequent power outages that hinder our productivity and quality of life. 
Secondly, renewable energy promotes environmental sustainability, mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and reducing pollution. By transitioning away from fossil fuels, we can improve air quality, protect our ecosystems, and safeguard the health of our citizens.

Moreover, embracing renewable energy will enhance our energy security and reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels. We have the potential to become a regional leader in renewable energy production, generating revenue and boosting our economy while setting an example for other nations in Africa and beyond.

In conclusion, as we celebrate Nigeria`s 63rd Indifferent Day, let us recognize the critical role of sustainable energy in our nation`s development. I urge the government to prioritize renewable energy initiatives and create a conducive environment for its growth. Simultaneously, I call upon every Nigerian to embrace energy efficiency practices and support the adoption of renewable energy solutions in their daily lives. Together, we can build a prosperous, sustainable, and greener Nigeria for generations to come.

Thank you, and happy Independence Day!

Dr. Patrick Tolani