Covenant University signs Pact with Africa Clean Energy Summit
Covenant University and Africa Clean Energy Summit (ACES) on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to provide a framework for research and innovation in the areas of clean energy and climate change to serve both as mitigating factors to effects of climate change and energy crisis in Africa and globally.
The collaboration will also bring decision and policy makers, industry leaders, inventors, experts and media around the world together to explore and deepen understanding of the challenges and opportunities that arise from renewable energy. It will include a world-class summit, an international exhibition, technical conferences, Business forums and concurrent activities such as the incorporation of the African Climate Solution Centre.
Other areas of cooperation include Africa Climate Solution Centre (ACSC), Renewable Energy Hub, Energy Access Information Warehouse, Clean Energy Ranch and Parks, Climate Solutions Think-thanks, Carbon Credit Centre, Carbon exchange, Capacity Building Hub, Eliminate Darkness Initiative, Gas Utilisation for Sustainable Transformational Development, Green jobs and Annual hosting of the Africa Clean Energy Summit.
The Director-General, ACES, Dr. Victor Fodeke, stated that the Summit was formed in 2013 with the aim to see Africa take advantage of climate change through clean and renewable energy. “One of the things that concern us at Africa Clean Energy Summit was how Africa can benefit from climate change. Climate change is like a coin, one side is crisis, and the other side of the coin is opportunities. Africa failed to see and explore these opportunities which China, India and Brazil took advantage of,” he explained.
Solar Energy, according to him, is one of the fastest ways of leveraging energy sustainability in a very clean way without the catastrophe of the fossil fuel. He expressed confidence that the partnership would lead to eradication of poverty in Africa.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, in his remarks decried the bastardisation of Solar Energy project in Nigeria due to lack of knowledge and technocrats to handle it. “Nigerians are actually yearning for solutions to energy challenges but the technocrats are nowhere to be found. Some individuals took undue advantage of the Solar Energy and the whole project has become abandoned. It has become difficult to convince anyone that Solar Energy can work in Nigeria,” he stated.
Professor Ayo also expressed concern that there may not be an end to the economic down-turn, particularly as it affects the informal sector unless the government found a lasting solution through clean and renewable energy. He enjoined researchers to put on their thinking caps and make cheap alternative energy available to the populace.
While appreciating the ACES team for believing in Covenant University, he assured them of the commitment of the University to the agreement.