METHANOL FUEL ADOPTION KEY TO SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Honourable   Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. (Sen.) Adeleke  Olorunnimbe  Mamora has said in a bid to unlock Nigeria Methanol Fuel sub-sector potential, Federal  Government’s intervention fund is needed to promote sustainable development.

Hon. Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. (Sen.) Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora (middle) President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar (left) and Director, Environmental Science and Technology Department, Dr. Peter Ekweozoh (right) during the roundtable workshop with the President Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), on the Conduct of Feasibility Studies for Nationwide Adoption of Methanol Fuel Technology and Diffusion recently in Abuja.

The Minister said this during a Round Table Interaction Session with Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) recently, in Abuja.

According to the Minister, Methanol development is a strategic project, to further reduce total dependence caused by carbon emission, as well as embracing local content.

Mamora said that the theme ‘’Enhancing Business opportunity for a methanol driven economy’’ is aimed at engaging with the business community and to discuss the feasibility studies for the wide adoption of methanol fuel technology in Nigeria.

He noted that the initiative is in accordance with the present administration order, to create jobs and move 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10years.

The Minister further stated that this can be achieved through the utilization of methanol’s extensive value chain aimed for industrialization and substantial development.

To this end, the Minister enumerated various benefits to be derived which include improved electricity supply ,  reduction in carbon footprint in transportation and job creation amongst others.

The Minister further stated that the Ministry has undertaken various projects to boost the country’s climate change action through   deployment of cutting edge hydrogen fuel cells technology, using Methanol as electricity supply in Nigeria.

He noted that by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between South Africa and Nigerian Company for Technology transfer the Federal   government has provided a counterpart funding of $2.7 million for the projects.

He then disclosed that the Federal  Ministry of Science ,Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) initiative is aimed at finding a solution to Nigeria’s pursuit of green industrialization, job creation, tackling the impact of climate change , and aiming at a net –zero position by the year2060.

Earlier, the Director of Environmental   Science, Technology Department (EST) of the Ministry, Dr. Peter Ekweozoh said that the Ministry has conducted a comprehensive feasibility study for methanol production in Nigeria.

He further said that this will create an enabling environment   for ACCI  Council members, and drive the business aspect of Methanol production in Nigeria.

He also revealed   that FMSTI is working   on implementation of hydrogen fuel cells using Methanol   in the country,

Speaking, the President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce, and Industry (ACCI) Dr. AI-Mujataba Abubakar   opined that  Methanol production will serve as a viable alternative energy source in the country, adding that  Nigeria will leverage on the resource to transit to enviable development and economic self reliance of the country.

Signed

Atuora Obed O.

DD(P&PR)

17th May,2023