Nigeria’s quest for alternative clean energy through biofuels: an assessment

Nwozor, Agaptus and Owoeye, Gbenga and Olowojolu, Olakunle and Ake, Modupe and Adedire, S.A. and Ogundele, Oluwaseun (2021) Nigeria’s quest for alternative clean energy through biofuels: an assessment. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 655 (1). 012054. ISSN 1755-1307

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Nigeria is rich in renewable energy resources, including diverse biomasses. However, this enormous endowment in renewable energy resources has not played any significant role in the country’s energy mix. Nigeria is majorly reliant on its non-renewable sources to meet its energy needs. In pursuit of its commitment to transit to alternative clean energy, Nigeria developed the biofuels policy document in 2007. The major aspiration of the policy is to harness the country’s biomass potentials and deploy same to meeting Nigeria’s energy needs. This paper assesses the state of the biofuels sector vis-à-vis the stated aspirations of the Nigerian state as captured in the biofuels policy document. In doing so, this paper uses primary data generated from key informant interviews and augmented with secondary data. It finds a disconnect between the aspirations of the biofuels policy document and the actual state of the biofuels sector. In other words, the biofuels sector has no discernible contribution to Nigeria’s energy mix. The recommendation of this paper is in the realm of rejigging the biofuels policy in order to extract greater government commitment in evolving national capacity for biofuels development.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2021 09:26
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2021 09:26

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