‘Nigeria can generate N5tr yearly from biogas’

If well harnessed, Nigeria can realise at least N4.54 trillion yearly from biogas produced from organic waste processing, the Chief Executive Officer, Avenam Links International Limited, Mrs. Nina C. Ani, has said.

Ani said yearly agricultural, municipal, plant, sewage, green, food, and livestock wastes, among others, across the country, is estimated at 542.5 million tons and worth N4.54 trillion (or $29.29 billion).

In a presentation on biogas as a sustainable solution to energy and waste management challenges in Nigeria, Mrs. Ani said aside the monetary value, biogas as a renewable source of energy and cooking gas has positive long-term implications on human beings and their environment unlike the traditional fossil fuels.

In a chat with The Nation, she identified governmental policy and funding as two major challenges inhibiting the right investments in biogas production in Nigeria.

On what will be become the lot of private waste operators and sewage waste evacuators when the system is earnestly harnessed, she said instead of driving them out of business, they (waste operators and evacuators) would be integrated into collecting wastes for processing experts, thereby preventing the acrid stench from emptying sewage waste into the sea and dumping municipal waste at refuse dump sites.

To speed up acceptance of the system, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria President SegunAdaju called on all payers in the sector to team up and influence government’s policy that would allow the system to thrive and encourage investment.

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The duo spoke alongside others at a seminar in Lagos tagged “Biogas production and waste management” organised under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lagos.

The Managing Consultant, Naturescape Consulting, Jumoke Kassim, also called for an orientation that would make end-users to properly arrange their waste before collections for easier processing.

Making a case for biogas production, the Energy and Environment Desk, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, Lagos, said: “Given the energy gap and waste management challenges in Nigeria, biogas technology presents a comprehensive and sustainable waste-to-energy solution for improved productivity in industry and a safer environment.

“Biogas is utilised worldwide to redress fluctuating energy demand, produce fertiliser, cooking gas and biofuels. It also helps to mitigate deforestation; greenhouse gas (GHG), emissions and other environmental concerns associated with non-sustainable waste disposal and management practices.”

The seminar featured stakeholders, such as the Managing Director, Africa Renewable Energy Technology Limited, Acccra, Ghana, Theophilus Anang.

He spoke on “Biogas Technology and Utilisation in Ghana, while Sales Representative, PlanETGmbh, Germany, Mathias Kern, made presentation on “Bioenergy Trends in Germany: Decentralised Clean Energy for Industry and Rural Development.

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